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Texas Good Samaritan Was NRA Member With an AR-15

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Stephen Willeford attends a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (David J. Phillip/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017 10:33 AM

The neighbor being hailed as a hero for preventing even more carnage in the small Texas town was a longtime NRA member and former instructor who pulled out an AR-15 to engage the mass murderer.

In an interview with NRA TV, Stephen Willeford said he grabbed just a handful of ammo and didn’t even take time to put on his shoes in an effort to engage the mass murderer who killed 26 innocents at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday.

"Those people are my friends. Those people have known my family. Those people have been here for generations," Willeford told NRA TV host Denise Sinise. "I knew every shot might be representing another person getting hit by a bullet."

Willeford ran toward the church and said he positioned himself behind a neighbor's truck when he saw murderer Devin Kelley come into view.

"When he turned to get in the SUV, I saw he had a pistol in one hand, he had a bulletproof vest," Willeford told NRA TV, noting that he couldn't see the killer's face because of the gear he was wearing.

"He saw me and we exchanged gunfire. He got in the SUV and fired two rounds through the side window … and I shot through the window with my rifle, and the window collapsed down when I did. And I took another shot. And he drove off," Willeford told NRA TV.

That's when Willeford saw Johnny Langendorff in his truck and tapped on the window.

"'That man just shot up the Baptist church, and we have to stop him,'" Willeford said he told Langendorff. "Crazy thing to open the door for a man with a rifle who you just saw in a shootout."

Hauling after the killer at high speeds, not knowing that Kelley would ultimately kill himself, Willeford said he took inventory of how many rounds he had left. He had two bullets left - one in the chamber, one in the magazine.

Law enforcement would later say Willeford shot the killer twice, once in the leg and once in the torso.

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