I’m reading up on this shooting at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.
This shooting ended quite differently than the shooting in the mall at Omaha, and for one reason. This time, there was an armed person in place to put an end to the shooter’s rampage. Now, according to various reports, the person who stopped the rampage was a member of New Life’s armed security team, however does not appear to be a paid employee of the church.
Rev. Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church, said the church had a security plan in place.
“I’m proud of the way our team responded,” he said. “Many, many lives were saved because of the quick action of some committed volunteers at our church.” (emphasis mine)
Colorado state law requires that an armed security guard who is not a member of law enforcement must be in possession of a concealed carry permit. I am currently in the process of determining whether the guard at New Life was an off-duty cop, or a civilian volunteer with a carry permit. Because no media have referred to the guard as an off duty police officer, my hunch is that she is just a regular concerned citizen like us.
I’ll have more on this as I get more information, but as right now the evidence seems to indicate that the rampage at New Life church was stopped by a citizen volunteer with a carry permit.
UPDATE: Directly from the head pastor at New Life Church, the “security guard” who stopped the shooting was an unpaid volunteer, not a police officer, and “used a personal weapon.” The CNN link confirms the information I just received in an email from a source at New Life Church.
So the facts are now that a concerned, armed citizen, acted to in defense of the lives of others and risked her own life by moving rapidly to the shots and engaging the gunman. This woman is truly a hero, and deserves the highest congratulations we can offer.