In what is becoming a very clear case for the “good guy with a gun” scenario, Twitter User Rathdranalon posted a video on his Twitter page showing a slowed down video of the church shooting that took place on Sunday.
The video reveals that there were 7 congregants who were armed during the church service.
Some anon broke down the footage from the shooting at the Texas church earlier on and no less than seven of the congregation members happened to be armed including one elderly lady (no. 5).
Ain't no messing around down that way by the looks of things.
— Rathdranalon (@Daicheal) December 30, 2019
The footage, which came from a livestream of the service in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, has been making the rounds on social media. The shooter can be seen opening fire, but within seconds, seven different churchgoers draw their weapons — and one man takes him down.
Texas DPS Director Joeff Willimas praised the armed congregants who stopped the shooter saying they undoubtedly saved lives:
Texas DPS Director Joeff Williams: “The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners”; “it was miraculous … true heroes” pic.twitter.com/Mdj9N86tgj
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 30, 2019
“It cannot be overstated how important it is that everyone recognize what took place here today. The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners. And that might get swept aside in this whole conversation about active shooter response, and God knows law enforcement has done a whole bunch of work to make our response better . . . Over half of these are over before we get there . . .
The true heroes in this are the people who were sitting in those pews today and responded — the immediate responders that saved their fellow citizens — I just can’t overstate how critical that is for everyone to recognize. It is truly heroic, and the citizens of this community have a lot to be proud of for their response.”
The man who opened fire inside the White Settlement church, killing two people before being shot to death, visited the church several other times this year and was given food but got angry when officials refused to give him money, the church minister said.
The shooter has been identified as Keith Kinnunen, and has a lengthy criminal record in Arizona dating back to 1998.