An Officer’s Account of the Deadliest Church Shooting in Modern American History
On November 5, 2017, the deadliest mass shooting in Texas and the fifth deadliest in the United States occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. A male subject fatally shot and killed 26 fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, grandparents, and one unborn child, and severely wounded 20 others during Sunday morning worship. At 11:20 a.m., this monster walked up to the church with a semi-automatic rifle, shot two people outside the church, and once inside, proceeded up and down the center aisle, shooting people in the pews, pausing only to reload his rifle. He fired approximately 700 rounds during the 11-minute bloodbath. With deep emotion in his voice, La Vernia Police Officer, Hank Fahnert, who was first on the scene with his Sergeant and a few other law enforcement officers, was kind enough to speak with Guard911® and share his experience and what he feels could have saved more lives – faster notification time and dissemination of accurate, real-time information.
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