Texas Church Shooting: Good Samaritan Says Stepping In Was 'Right Thing' to Do
Johnnie Langendorff, who pursued the suspect of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church church shooting, waits to be picked up from the scene where the suspect died on Nov. 5, 2017.William Luther / San Antonio Express via Zuma Press
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Johnnie Lagendorff, a Texan with a longhorn bull neck tattoo that tucks in just behind his ears, was one of the men who pursued shooter Devin Kelley on Sunday after Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people.
"He just hurt so many people, and he just affected so many people’s lives," Langendorff said. "Why wouldn’t you want to take him down?"
As Langendorff pulled up to the intersection near First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, he saw the gunman in a shootout with anotherman.
"His vehicle was parked, door open, engine running and him and the neighbor across the street were both coming out about the same time exchanging fire, and as he came up, I never got a look at him," Langendorff told Fox News. "I never really saw him. I saw the gunfire."
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Langendorff said the unidentified neighbor came up to him and told him they had to catch the suspect. The men took off in Langendorff's vehicle.
"He briefed me quickly on what had just happened and said that we had to get him and so that’s what I did. We just take pursuit," Langendorff said.
Kelley, 26, had just opened fire inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, killing 26 and leaving an additional 19 people hospitalized.