Stephen Willeford has been hailed as the hero in the Texas church massacre. He was the center of attention. He got in the SUV and fired two rounds through the side window ... and I shot through the window with my rifle, and the window collapsed down when I did.
"When I was watching President Trump today, and he was making his argument that [the shooter] was essentially stopped by someone with a gun, I thought he killed himself", Yamiche Alicindor, a national reporter for the New York Times, said.
"I hope that everyone affected is able to rest a little better knowing that this guy, he'll never breathe again".
As the shooter fled, Willeford flagged down a passing pick-up truck and jumped inside.
The gunman then sped down the highway. He ran to the truck and asked the driver for help.
The driver, Johnnie Langendorff, said he had been driving to Sutherland Springs on Sunday to pick up his girlfriend when a man who'd been exchanging gunfire with Kelley suddenly landed inside his truck.
"We got to chase him", the man said, according to Langendorff. "It lasted just a few seconds, and the shooter got in his vehicle and took off", he said. While taking cover behind a pickup truck, Willeford fired several shots at the gunman, who sped away in his auto.
The pursuit reached speeds up to 90 miles per hour. The armed man walked up to the vehicle with his gun drawn, and the attacker did not move.
Willeford kept his gun trained on the shooter's auto until the police arrived a few minutes later.
The assailant was dead in his vehicle.
Kelley would later be found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head, as well as two other bullet wounds.
"There was no thinking about it". "There was just doing".
Willeford continued to say that even if the shooting at the church was over, "there was going to be a shootout with police at some point".
"I think my God, my Lord protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done", Willeford said.
A neighbor to the church where most of the congregation were either killed or wounded during a scheduled morning service, Willeford, 55, talks to NRA TV in the above extended interview about his community and the horror that unfolded over the weekend and his response.
Kepper and other neighbors said Willeford's family has been in the Sutherland Springs area for at least three generations, including a father and grandfather who were in dairy farming.
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