WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas – The man said to be a former FBI agent, but becoming known as the “Hero Worshipper” who jumped into action when a gunman opened fire during a church service in Texas, said Monday he was placed in a position he didn’t want to be in, but had to react because “evil exists.”
Two men were murdered when the gunman opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement on Sunday morning as more than 240 parishioners were inside. Within seconds, he was shot to death by two congregants who fired back.
Jack Wilson, a Hood County resident running for commissioner for Precinct 3 who is the head of the church’s security team, shared some details on his campaign’s Facebook page as he gave thanks to “all who have sent their prayers and comments on the events of today.”
“The events at West Freeway Church of Christ put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in, but evil exists and I had to take out an active shooter in church,” he wrote. “I’m thankful to GOD that I have been blessed with the ability and desire to serve him in the role of head of security at the church.”
“I feel I have the knowledge and passion to move this growing county into a place all residents can be proud to call home,” he wrote.
While authorities have also not yet identified those killed in the shooting, Tiffany Wallace told Dallas TV station KXAS that her father, Anton “Tony” Wallace, was one of the victims in the attack. She said her father was a deacon at the church and had just passed out communion when the gunman approached him.
“I ran toward my dad and the last thing I remember is him asking for oxygen and I was just holding him, telling him I loved him and that he was going to make it,” Wallace said. Her father was rushed to a hospital but did not survive.
“You just wonder why? How can someone so evil, the devil, step into the church and do this?” – Tiffany Wallace not only lost her father, but 64-year-old Anton “Tony” Wallace was taken feet from her and in their house of worship Sunday morning. https://t.co/R0mz0F3FVG pic.twitter.com/s4triR5XlH
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) December 30, 2019
The second parishioner who died in the shooting was identified to CBS News as Richard White.
“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 early Monday. “Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.”
Gov. Greg Abbott asked the state to pray for the victims, their loved ones and the community of White Settlement, located about 8 miles west of Fort Worth.
“Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life,” Abbott said in a tweeted statement.