Texas Church Shooting Was Over in 6 Seconds

2 members of the church's security team took out the gunman
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2019 8:18 AM CST
Updated Dec 30, 2019 12:26 PM CST

(Newser) – The gunman who shot and killed two people at a Texas church on Sunday as services were being broadcast live was stopped in just six seconds, according to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. "Two of the parishioners who were volunteers of the [West Freeway Church of Christ's] security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately," he said per USA Today. "This thing would have been a massacre" if not for them, Jack Cummings, one of the church's ministers, tells the New York Times. Coverage:

  • The identity of the gunman has not been provided, nor has a motive been given, though an FBI agent did say the attacker was a "relatively transient" man with ties to the area. CNN adds the shooter had an arrest record but was not on a watch list, per the FBI agent.
  • Tiffany Wallace tells NBC News that one of the two male victims was her father, Anton "Tony" Wallace, who served as a deacon at the church and was handing out communion when he was shot. She said the gunman said "drop it" to her father before shooting at him. It's unclear what the shooter meant; Wallace says her father had a communion plate in his hands at the time. The 64-year-old registered nurse died at the hospital.

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