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How 2 Strangers Helped Stop The Texas Church Shooter In His Tracks
Former airman Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sunderland Springs, Texas on the morning of Nov. 5 — and he might have escaped had it not been for the efforts of two complete strangers.
Johnnie Langendorff was driving on his way to his girlfriend's house near the church when he stumbled upon Kelley, clad in what law enforcement authorities have described as “black tactical gear and a ballistic vest” and armed with multiple weapons, trading gunfire with an unidentified church neighbor. After a few minutes, Kelley entered his Ford Explorer and fled the scene, leaving the neighbor to recruit Langendorff for a simple mission: We can’t let this scumbag get away.
“I never got a look at [Kelley] … I saw the gunfire,” Langendorff told the Washington Post. “[The second man] briefed me quickly on what had just happened and said he had to get him, so that’s what I did.”
To the average American, Langendorff looks like the epitome of a Texan: a slow drawl and the prongs of a longhorn tattooed across his neck. Langendorff sped through traffic in hot pursuit of Kelley, approaching 100 mph and feeding instructions to police dispatchers while his anonymous partner sat shotgun.
After several nerve-wracking minutes, Kelley lost control of his SUV, weaving from the road to a dirt ditch just over 10 miles from First Baptist. Langendorff, still on the phone with police, parked his truck 25 yards away. His partner, still gripping his rifle, sprang into action.
“The gentleman that was with me got out, rested his rifle on my hood and kept it aimed at him, telling him to get out, get out,” Langendorff told the Washington Post. “There was no movement, there was none of that. I just know his brake lights were going on and off, so he might have been unconscious from the crash or something like that, I’m not sure,” he said.
State and local law enforcement arrived at the site of Kelley’s SUV within a few minutes — and while officials told the Washington Post that they had yet to determine if the gunman died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or gunfire exchanged with the neighbor who rushed to the grounds of First Baptist, Langendorff likely helped facilitate his capture.
Law enforcement officials investigate a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.Photo via Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman/Associated Press
Kelley’s motive remains a mystery. The 26-year-old former airman served from 2010 to 2012 at the Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico before receiving a bad conduct discharge in 2014 for assaulting his wife and child, Air Force spokesman Ann Stefanek told reporters on Nov. 5. Kelley was sentenced to a reduction in rank and a year in military detention; due to the nature of his discharge, Kelley was prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm under federal law.
The shooting is the deadliest in Texas history — and the deadliest to occur in a church since Dylann Roof slaughtered 9 parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina house of worship in 2015. But Langendorff didn’t know any of this: As he told reporters, he “just acted” when he learned what had happened inside First Baptist.
"The other gentleman said we needed to pursue (the shooter) because he shot up the church," he told reporters. "So that's what I did."
Army study recommends more sleep for recruits at basic, which drill sergeants will absolutely not disregard or anything
(Reuters Health) - Soldiers who experience sleep problems during basic combat training may be more likely to struggle with psychological distress, attention difficulties, and anger issues during their entry into the military, a recent study suggests.
"These results show that it would probably be useful to check in with new soldiers over time because sleep problems can be a signal that a soldier is encountering difficulties," said Amanda Adrian, lead author of the study and a research psychologist at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.
"Addressing sleep problems early on should help set soldiers up for success as they transition into their next unit of assignment," she said by email.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
It all began with a medical check.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
The US military now has to ask the Iraqis for permission before giving close air support to troops in combat
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.