Two men hailed heroes for pursuing Texas church gunman
Nov 6, Texas: Two men who pursued the gunman suspected of killing 26 people at a Texas church, yesterday are being hailed heroes.
Johnnie Langendorff told local media he chased the gunman, identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, after seeing "two men exchanging gunfire".
"The shooter... fled in his vehicle, the other gentleman came and said we need to pursue him," he said.
The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County.
At least 26 people, aged from five to 72, were killed and 20 others were wounded when the gunman opened fire during Sunday service.
Speaking to local TV station Ksat.com, Mr Langendorff said: "I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened. I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being [a] citizen of the community.
"He came to my vehicle in distress with his weapon. He explained very quickly what happened. He got into the truck and I knew that it was time to go."
Media captionDriver Jordan Steubing describes the scene
He said the pair had driven at speeds of up to 95mph (153km/h) until the gunman lost control of his car and crashed. "We led police to him," he said. "Everybody else was headed to the church."
The suspected gunman was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his vehicle, police said.
The car contained several weapons.
In pictures: Texas church shooting
No details have emerged about the man who pursued the gunman along with Mr Langendorff.
Mr Langendorff's Facebook page has been inundated with messages of support since the shooting. One says: "God bless you, Johnnie. You are a true American hero".
The Oslo Times International News Network