At approximately 11:20 a.m. on November 5, a mass shooting took place at the First Baptist Church in Southerland Springs, Texas. Twenty-six people were killed and 20 more were injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in an American place of worship.
One witness to the shooting has come forward with his story of chasing down the shooting suspect. Here's his story.
The shooter's motivations for targeting the First Baptist Church are unclear at this time.
via: GettyAs this is a still-developing story, we don't have all the facts yet. It was recently revealed that the gunman's former in-laws attended the church. They were not in attendance on November 5, however.
The suspect was first spotted at a Valero gas station across the street from the church.
via: GettyAccording to Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety,"The suspect crossed the street to the church, exited his vehicle and began firing at the church [building]. The suspect then moved to the right side of the church [building] and continued to fire." The gunman — decked out in tactical gear — then entered the building and continued firing his AR-15-type rifle.
Eventually, the gunman left the building. At that point, a man who lives next-door to the church engaged him in a gun battle. That's when Johnnie Langendorff showed up.
Sutherland Springs: Texan Johnnie Langendorff hailed as 'American hero' for chasing suspect: https://t.co/uJwXiqAo76 https://t.co/bf3KPNlcVn— KVUE News (@KVUE News)1509976903.0
Langendorff and the other man trailed the shooter for approximately 11 miles until the gunman lost control of his car.
via: GettyThe gunman was found dead in his car from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Since Sunday, Langendorff's Facebook page has been inundated with people thanking him for his actions and calling him a hero.