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Church security stops shooter

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/30/19, 11:16 am

A gunman killed two people and left two others injured at a church in White Settlement, Texas, on Sunday. Armed congregants of West Freeway Church of Christ near Fort Worth shot and killed the attacker just seconds after he pulled a gun from a hoodie and opened fire.

How has the community responded? Law enforcement officers and politicians praised the church’s volunteer security team. If they hadn’t acted so swiftly, “we would have had many more lives lost today and had many more serious injuries,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said. Officials also credited state laws that allow weapons in churches. Tiffany Wallace, whose father, deacon Anton Wallace, died during the shooting, expressed grief and shock but said, “I forgive [the gunman], and that’s that hardest thing to say.”

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Charissa Koh’s report on how a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, recovered after a 2017 shooting there left 26 people dead.

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  •  Gammelmann's picture
    Posted: Mon, 12/30/2019 11:46 am

    Texas state laws  ALLOW  specific behavior ??  how magnanimous of their rulers !

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 12/30/2019 07:07 pm

    Mr. Gammelmann, that's the world we live in, sadly. 

    A tragic situation, that could have been much more tragic.  And tragic that anyone should be put in the situation the volunteer security people at this church were put in.  I'm grateful there are folks among us who can stand against the madness growing in our culture.