"We could go into it, but it's a little bit soon to go into it; fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction," Trump said. The president was alluding to the citizen who exchanged gunfire with Kelley before he fled the church.
Johnnie Langendorff recounted that act of heroism to ABC.
“I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened and I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being a citizen of the community,” Langendorff said. “The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle, and the other gentleman came and he said, ‘We need to pursue him,’ that he just shot up the church. So that’s what I did. I just acted.”
Langendroff and the other man, who has been identified as Stephen Willeford by the Daily Mail, were hailed as heroes after the event.
Trump hailed Willeford and Langendorff for their bravery while condemning the killer.
“This is a mental health problem at the highest level … These are great people and a very, very sad event, but that’s the way I view it.”