A tragedy took place over the weekend when a 26-year-old man walked into a church in Texas and opened fire. The incident took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Overall, Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 26 people and injured dozens more. Thankfully, one “Good Samaritan” stepped in to stop the shooter.
A local resident grabbed his rifle and approached the gunman. After, Kelley reportedly dropped his own rifle and fled the church. After a police chase, Kelley turned the gun on himself and authorities found him dead.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN that the man who stepped up to confront the shooter is a “hero.”
He said, “I don’t think there’s any question about that. Had he not done what he did, we could have lost more people.”
Today, President Trump spoke out about the incident. He said that things would have been a lot worse if the one “hero” would not have stepped up with his own gun.
He said, “Fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction. Otherwise, it would have been- as bad it was, it would have been much worse.”
President Trump called the shooter a “very deranged individual” and said that the shooting was caused by a “mental health problem.”
He said, “Mental health is your problem here. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn’t a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it…This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event.”
President Trump’s statement came after being asked if this recent attack would lead to stricter gun control measures. He said that while they could enter into that discussion, it is “a little bit too soon.”
Please continue praying for the families of the victims and for everyone affected by this tragedy. Recently, the gunman's former classmates opened up about his rage-filled past.