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Texas man Jack Wilson identified as hero who shot gunman inside church (165 hits)

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon December 30, 2019 | 12:50pm | Updated

The gun-toting hero who shot down a gunman who killed two parishioners at a Texas church Sunday was identified as a local political hopeful who said he was “not going to allow evil to succeed” in a Facebook post Monday.

“The events at West Freeway Church of Christ put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in,” Jack Wilson wrote. “But evil exists and I had to take out an active shooter in church.”

“I am very sad in the loss of two dear friends and brothers in CHRIST, but evil does exist in this world and I and other members are not going to allow evil to succeed,” Wilson wrote. “Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.”

Wilson, 71, who is running for a Hood County commissioner’s seat with the slogan “Make sure your vote is on target,” was one of two volunteer security guards at the church in a Fort Worth suburb around 10:50 a.m. when an unidentified man clad in black opened fire with a rifle, killing two people during Sunday services.

The incident was captured on video because the church was livestreaming the service.

The dramatic footage shows Wilson pulling out a handgun and shooting the gunman dead, while other parishioners are seen also pulling weapons and moving toward the fallen killer.

Police said another church member opened fire, but that person is not seen in the video.

Authorities have not identified the gunman.

One of the victims was identified as Anton “Tony” Wallace, a 64-year-old deacon at the church.

Wilson worked at On Target Firearms Training Academy in Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. His quick thinking earned him praise from other Facebook users.

“Tragic events that happened today, but my deepest respects for your shooting accuracy and placement under duress,” one man wrote. “That was absolutely incredible. God bless you with an abundance of wealth and health sir.”

Others gave him a shout-out on the shooting range’s page.

“Jack. Excellent shot under pressure,” one man wrote on the academy’s Facebook page Monday. “Thank you for saving so many. God Bless.”

Posted By: Steve Williams
Monday, December 30th 2019 at 11:51PM
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Great Post Steve. Jack Wilson is the hero, with this kind of attitude: “But evil exists and I had to take out an active shooter in church.”

To the shooter.... "SURPRISE!!!!"

Tuesday, December 31st 2019 at 1:05PM
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