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Texas church massacre: Have-a-go-heroes shot and chased after Sutherland Springs gunman who killed 26

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 06:09

A have-a-go-hero helped prevent further victims of the Sutherland Springs gunman by shooting the suspect and then chasing him with another hero, it emerged on Monday. Stephen Willeford, who lives near the Texas church targeted yesterday, grabbed his own rifle and rushed to confront Devin Kelley after being told an attack was under way by his daughter. As the 55-year-old arrived outside the church he came face-to-face with Kelley. Mr Willeford, a plumber with no military experience, shot him in the side through a gap in his body armour, forcing the killer to flee. Johnnie Langendorff, left, and Stephen Willeford helped stop the gunman Mr Willeford and another passing resident, Johnnie Langedorff, then chased him at almost 100 miles per hour in a car as the wounded killer tried to make a getaway after taking a hostage. Kelley is said to have killed 26 people – including a child aged five – when he stormed into the church on Sunday dressed in black tactical gear and armed with an assault rifle. Have-a-go-hero chases down Sutherland Springs gunman 01:47 Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said: “The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle, and fled from the church. The man then chased the gunman.” Mr Langedorff said: “He got a little bit of a jump on us. So we were doing about 95 miles per hour, going around traffic and everything.  “He just lost control and that’s when I put the vehicle in park. The other gentleman jumped out and had his rifle drawn on him and he didn’t move after that.” Suspect Devin Kelley Credit:   Mr Langendorff told KSAT television that he was acting on instinct to try to prevent the suspect from escaping. He said the member of the community asked for help and got into Mr Langendorff's truck. They took off at high speed in pursuit of the gunman on a nearby highway as police were going in the opposite direction toward the church. Mr Langendorff said the gunman eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. He said the other civilian walked up to the vehicle with his gun drawn and the suspect did not move. He stood guard over the gunman until police arrived five to seven minutes later. Mr Langendorff said: "I was strictly just acting on what's the right thing to do." Social media users have heaped praise on him. How the Texas church mass shooting unfolded One wrote on his Facebook page: “Well done, Johnnie! You’re a true patriot and a hero. Thank you for coming to the aid of those in need, at such a terrible time.” Kelley was found a short distance away in his crashed vehicle, dead from a bullet wound. He had several more guns in his car, but the hostage was unhurt.  Police believe Kelley committed suicide. The local sheriff said relatives of the gunman sometimes worshipped at the church but were not there during Sunday's attack. "We know that his ex-in-laws or in-laws came to church here from time to time," Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt Jr. told CNN in an interview. "They were not here yesterday." Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas Credit: KSAT via AP President Donald Trump praised Mr Willeford for preventing further casualties, as he ignored questions about whether the US needs to consider tightening gun laws. Speaking at a news conference in Japan, Mr Trump said: “Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it would have been – as bad as it was – it would have been much worse.” Kelley served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and was jailed for one year in 2012 on two counts alleging assault on his wife Danielle Shields and their child. In 2014, he was kicked out of the military. Old school friends described Kelley, who lived in nearby New Braunfels, Texas, as a “creep” who made no secret of his anti-religious views. Local TV images as police look at the alleged gunman's car  Nina Rose Nava, who went to school with Kelley, said: “He was always talking about how people who believe in God were stupid and trying to preach his atheism.’ On Kelley’s Facebook page, he appeared to have a fascination with guns. He had recently shared a photo of an AR-15 style gun with the caption: ‘She’s a bad b----” Kelley’s mother-in-law, Michelle Shields, is understood to be a parishioner at the First Baptist Church and was friends on social media with First Baptist Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife. The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of a hotel-casino, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500.


Donald Trump is keeping a US citizen locked up in Iraq without charges

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 05:57

Donald Trump's administration has detained an American citizen at a secret jail in Iraq for nearly two months, denying him access to a lawyer and refusing to release his name. "An American citizen has been locked up for nearly two months and repeatedly asserted his constitutional right to a lawyer. Last month, the ACLU filed a petition in the US District Court in Washington, DC, challenging the man's detention and seeking to provide him legal counsel.


Angry woman gets flight diverted over 'cheating' husband

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 03:27

The woman, an Iranian national, was travelling from Doha to Bali with her husband and child on a Qatar Airways flight on Sunday, India's Hindustan Times reported Tuesday. "The family spent the day at Chennai airport and was sent to Kuala Lumpur by a Batik Air flight.


Air Force error let Texas gunman buy weapons for church massacre

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 19:37

The gunman who shot 26 worshipers to death and wounded 20 others at a Texas church was embroiled in a domestic dispute with his in-laws and had been sending threatening messages to his wife's mother before the massacre, officials said Monday. The killer, Devin Kelley, 26, was previously convicted by court-martial of assaulting his first wife and step-son while serving in the U.S. Air Force and spent a year in detention before his bad-conduct discharge in 2014, according to the Pentagon. The Air Force acknowledged on Monday that it failed to enter Kelley's 2012 domestic violence offense into a U.S. government database used by licensed gun dealers for conducting background checks on firearms purchasers.


Texas church shooter threatened mother-in-law before rampage: official

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:33

A man court-martialed by the U.S. Air Force on charges of assaulting his wife and child sent threatening messages to his mother-in-law who sometimes attended the rural Texas church where he fatally shot 26 people, officials said on Monday. Gunman Devin Patrick Kelley injured another 20 people when he opened fire in the white-steepled First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday. "This good Samaritan, our Texas hero, flagged down a young man from Seguin, Texas, and they jumped in their vehicle and pursued the suspect," said Freeman Martin, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.


Democrats Are Terrified Of Losing Virginia's Big Election. They Should Be.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:43

In Virginia’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday, the Democratic Party has a chance to score its first major political win since President Donald Trump’s election.


'Here Is Where The Action Happens': Meet The People Of Houston

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:40

Houston was the 24th stop on our Listen To America road trip.


Tiffany & Co. is selling a $9,000 ball of yarn and everything is ridiculous

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:29

It's unclear whether Tiffany & Co. is trolling or fishing for press, but they're definitely succeeding with the latter.  The luxury company unleashed a line of needlessly expensive everyday objects, appropriately named Everyday Objects. While ridiculously expensive pants and needlessly flashy objects have become somewhat of a mocking trend on the internet recently, Tiffany & Co. has pushed the envelope with this one. SEE ALSO: Moncler is selling a dog parka and boy is it expensive The line is described on the company's website as a collection that "transforms utilitarian items into handcrafted works of art." It features a $1,500 Sterling silver coffee can, a $9,000 ball of yarn, and $350 straw. Image: tiffany and co Image: Tiffany & Co Image: tiffany & co But it doesn't end there — the company has released dozens of totally normal products that nobody needs at totally exorbitant prices. There's a $375 ice cream scoop, a $300 silver yo-yo, and even a $600 Band-Aid box, which will definitely make the Band-Aids heal your wounds faster. Of course, they slapped these normal objects with Sterling silver, putting "the signature Tiffany Blue® hue of this design’s enamel accent" on some.  The sad part: Rich people will actually shell out money for this stuff.  WATCH: Mopping with this gadget actually looks fun Every editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism.


The Latest: Stepsister: LSD damaged Walmart shooting suspect

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:01

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting at a Colorado Walmart (all times local):


A Same-Sex Couple Gets Cozy In Starbucks' New Holiday Commercial

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:23

Starbucks’ holiday cups are back and more inclusive than ever.


GOP Tax Bill Mostly Benefits The Wealthy, Tax Policy Center Finds

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:37

WASHINGTON ― The richest 1 percent of Americans would reap 48 percent of the benefits of Republican tax reform legislation, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.


Former Heroin Addict Asks Judge to Officiate Her Wedding During Final Court Appearance

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:56

Judge Chris Wilton could have thrown the book at Jennifer Jensen and take her son away, but he instead gave her a second chance.


Sharon Osbourne asks Harvey Weinstein 'What's wrong with me?' as she reveals he never touched her

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:40

Sharon Osbourne has revealed that she is wondering what is “wrong” with her in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with the X Factor judge confirming that the disgraced film producer never made inappropriate advances towards her.


PSA Reveals The Word You Shouldn't Say To Someone Whose Baby Has Down Syndrome

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:20

An eye-opening PSA is shedding light on the experiences of young people with Down syndrome and their parents.


16 New Ways To Make Scalloped Potatoes

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:33


Purge of Saudi princes, businessmen widens, travel curbs imposed

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:58

By Stephen Kalin and Reem Shamseddine RIYADH (Reuters) - A campaign of mass arrests of Saudi Arabian royals, ministers and businessmen expanded on Monday after a top entrepreneur was reportedly detained in the biggest anti-corruption purge of the kingdom's affluent elite in its modern history. The reported arrest of Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar followed the detention of dozens of top Saudis including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in a crackdown that the attorney general described as "phase one". The purge is the latest in a series of dramatic steps by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assert Saudi influence internationally and amass more power for himself at home.


Supreme Court reverses ruling sparing killer who forgot the crime

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:35

The nine justices ruled unanimously that Alabama can execute 67-year-old Vernon Madison, who has spent decades on death row. The amount of time condemned inmates spend on death row has increased from seven years in 1987 to more than 19 years in 2017, Breyer said, meaning the justices will face more cases of states trying to execute prisoners suffering diseases of old age.


Texas Church Shooting Followed 'Domestic Situation' With Gunman

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:28

The gunman accused of committing the deadliest mass shooting in modern Texas history sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law before targeting the church where she sometimes worshiped, authorities said on Monday.


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