The mass shooting at the First Baptist Church has made a hero out of Mr Jonnie Langendorff who immediately acted when the man who exchanged gunfire with shooter Devin Kelley asked for his help.
“I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened. I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being the citizen of the community. The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle, the other gentleman came and said we need to pursue him. And that’s what I did, I just acted.
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Mr Langendorff explains that he didn’t know the other shooter who he picked up:
“He was just a member of the community and he came to my vehicle in distress with his weapon. He explained very quickly what happened. He got into the truck and I knew that it was time to go.”
The gunman tried to get away at high speed but Mr Langendorff chased him very quickly:
“He got a little bit of a jump on us. We were doing about 95 mph down Route 539 going around traffic and everything. Eventually he came to a kind of a slowdown and after that we got within just a few feet of him and then he got off the road.”
Mr Langendorff explained that the police arrived with seven minutes of them getting the shooter blocked:
“We led police to him. Everybody else was headed to the church, all the other officers were responding to the church. From the time we actually stopped, it was about five to seven minutes. The police arrived and then they pushed us back and they took care of the rest. I didn’t see anything after that.”
“I was trying to get him, to get him apprehended. It was strictly just acting on what the right thing to do was.”