“At least 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a gunman opened fire in a church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, during a service Sunday.
“Spanning from 18 months old to 77 years old, the victims of the shooting had gathered for a Sunday morning service at the First Baptist Church, where members of the community attended regular church services and, recently, a Halloween festival with games, candy and costumes. The victims included the 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor, as well as eight members of the same family that spanned three generations"... -Time/ Jennifer Calfas
… "Stephen Willeford, who lives near the church, grabbed his own gun and ran out of the house barefoot to confront the gunman.
“’What do you say to the man who stepped up when he heard the gunshots? I'd say he's a hero,’ Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt Jr. told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Monday. 'I don't think there's any question about that. Had he not done what he did, we could have lost more people.’
“As Kelley sped away in a pearl-colored Ford Explorer, Willeford knew he still had a part to play. He spotted Johnnie Langendorff's truck across the street and hailed him down.”
– CNN/ Saeed Ahmed, Doug Criss, & Emanuella Grinberg
The two chased the gunman until he drove off of the highway and died. - Various sources
“While the church could not be immediately reached for comment, interested donors can give money directly to the First Baptist Church through its website or Facebook page. Donors can donate funds to the church with their credit cards, debit cards or PayPal accounts here, or using the Facebook ‘donate’ tab on the church’s page here.” -Time/ Jennifer Calfas
“Read Wednesday’s update here: California rampage death toll increases to 5 as police say gunman killed his wife before attacking school.
“A gunman shooting at random people and locations killed four people Tuesday in Northern California, attacking an elementary school and a woman driving her children to school during the rampage, authorities said.” - Washington Post/ Mark Berman, Susan Svrluga, & Ellie Silverman
Corning, California: “A custodian at Rancho Tehama Elementary School is being credited with diverting the attention of Tuesday's shooter just long enough to give teachers the seconds they needed to protect their students and save lives.
“Richard Fitzpatrick, superintendent of the Corning Union Elementary School District, praised all of his staff at the rural school during the community rampage by 44-year-old (the murderer), but singled out the courage of his head custodian while school officials were finishing a lockdown.” - USA Today/ Mike Chapman
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