Stephen Willeford, the man primarily responsible for ending Sunday’s mass-murder carnage in Sutherland Springs, Texas, is a former NRA instructor, reported ABC's local 40/29 News.
After his daughter alerted him to hearing gunshots and seeing a man in black tactical gear at the First Baptist Church, Willeford grabbed his rifle from the safe and ran toward the scene, “not even taking the time to put on shoes.”
"I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots - just 'pop pop pop pop' and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren't just random shots," Willeford told 40/29 News.
The ex-NRA instructor said he took cover behind a pickup truck and proceeded to engage Devin Kelley, the suspected gunman responsible for killing 26 church parishioners Sunday.
A plumber by trade, the 55-year-old Willeford shot and struck Kelley, who then dropped his rifle proceeded to flee the scene. But Willeford and a local driver pursued and, during the car chase, Kelley’s truck flipped and went into a ditch, Willeford said. Kelley was pronounced dead at the scene.
In the aftermath of the mass carnage, many on the Left predictably took to blaming the NRA and all gun-rights advocates.
But now we know that it was an NRA-affiliated man who heroically answered the call and took action before even more pain and suffering could be inflicted on innocent lives.
Editor's note: The article has been updated with an image of Mr. Willeford.
We just secured an exclusive interview with Stephen Willeford. The hero who shot down the gunman in Texas. Amazing hero. Coming shortly.— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) November 7, 2017
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Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.