Armed parishioner who took down church shooter says he wouldn't 'allow evil to succeed'

Jack Wilson, who acted quickly and shot the gunman, made his first public statement since the Sunday morning incident.

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December 30, 2019 - 3:25 pm
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(KFKT/AP) - The man being called a hero for ending a mass shooting at a Texas church just six seconds after the gunman open fired is speaking publically for the first time. 

Jack Wilson fired a single shot, quickly ending the attack that killed two people at the West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth-area town of White Settlement. More than 240 congregants were in the church at the time.

Wilson’s bio on Facebook listed him as a former Hood County reserve deputy and a firearms instructor. He posted about the attack a few hours after it happened, saying the event “put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in. But evil exists, and I had to take out an active shooter in church. I’m thankful to GOD that I have been blessed with the ability and desire to serve him in the role of head of security at the church.”

Two innocent people killed were Anton Wallace, 64, of Fort Worth and Richard White, 67, of suburban River Oaks, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed. Wallace was a nurse and grandfather and White was a security guard who responded to the shooter.

Here's what Wilson’s full statement on Facebook said: 

"I just want to thank all who have sent their prayers and comments on the events of today. The events at West Freeway Church of Christ put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in, but evil exists and I had to take out an active shooter in church.
I’m thankful to GOD that I have been blessed with the ability and desire to serve him in the role of head of security at the church. I am very sad in the loss of two dear friends and brothers in CHRIST, but evil does exist in this world and I and other members are not going to allow evil to succeed. Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding."

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday identified the attacker as Keith Thomas Kinnunen, 43. His motive is under investigation.

Investigators searched Kinnunen's home in River Oaks, a small nearby city where police said his department's only contact with the suspected gunman was a couple traffic citations.

"He didn't exist until yesterday," Deputy Police Chief Charles Stewart said.

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