Man who shot church gunman doesn't consider himself a hero

Stephen Willeford (Photo: CNN Newsource)

(CNN Newsource) The Good Samaritan credited with shooting a suspected mass killer said he doesn't consider himself a hero.

Stephen Willeford told KHBS-TV that his daughter alerted him after she heard shots being fired at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday morning. He said he grabbed a rifle out of his safe, loaded it, and ran across the street barefoot.

That's when he encountered Devin Patrick Kelley and the two exchanged gunfire. Willeford said he knew he hit Kelley. He then jumped into a truck being driven by another man and they chased Kelley until he crashed into a ditch.

"The people in that church, they're friends of mine, they're family. And every time I heard a shot I knew that that probably represented a life. I was scared to death. I was. I was scared for me and I was scared for every one of them and I was scared for my own family that just lived less than a block away. I am no hero. I am not. I think my God, my Lord protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done and I just wish I could have gotten there faster but I didn't know. I didn't know what was happening."

Willeford is a former NRA instructor. He told KHBS his family has lived in Sutherland Springs for four generations and he has several friends who attend the church.

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