Witnesses say the man who killed at least than 26 people inside a small Texas church only fled the scene after a local resident started shooting back at him.
The local resident, who a neighbor described as the “nicest man on the planet,” had grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect as he exited First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, just 40 miles southeast of San Antonio.
According to state officials, during the confrontation, the suspect dropped his assault-type rifle and fled from the church, with the local citizen in pursuit.
The suspect, identified as Devin Kelley of New Braunfels, crashed a short time later as law enforcement responded. Authorities found Kelley dead inside the vehicle, although it’s not yet known whether he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or was shot by the local resident.
Eyewitness Kevin Jordan lives less than 50 yards from the church and saw it all happen. He was outside changing his car’s oil when the masked gunman started his deadly assault.
Jordan said his neighbor, who he described as a man who would do anything for anyone, ran over with a gun then shot at the suspect while taking cover behind a car.