So - their security guards aren't Pinkerton's or paid security professionals, but "church members" who "volunteer" and are "armed". Sounds like the church there is taking advantage of (in a good way) the Permit to Carry which some of their members have. Sounds to me like the CO permit to carry just paid off, big time, for that state.Boyd said 15 to 20 volunteer church members regularly work as security guards on New Life’s 38-acre campus.
Pastor: Guard, plan saved 'hundreds of lives' at church
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) -- A Colorado Springs megachurch instituted security precautions after a shooting at a Denver area mission center earlier Sunday, saving "hundreds of lives" at the New Life Church, senior Pastor Brady Boyd said Monday.
A New Life parishioner acting as a security guard shot and killed a gunman who entered the church Sunday afternoon after he had gotten no more than 50 feet inside the building, Boyd said.
Two teens, identified by police as Rachael Works, 16, and Stephanie Works, 18, were killed in what Boyd called "a senseless, random attack."
Boyd said the teens were sisters and were shot in the parking lot. Police said their father David Works, 51, was also shot and is hospitalized in fair condition with two gunshot wounds.
Boyd said the female security guard was a hero in preventing further bloodshed, rushing to confront the gunman just inside the church.
"She probably saved over a hundred lives," Boyd said of the guard, whom he said is not a law enforcement officer and used her personal weapon.
Boyd said the gunman, whom police have yet to identify, had no connection to the church.
"He simply showed up on our property yesterday with a gun, with the intention of hurting people, and he did," Boyd said.
The pastor also said New Life had taken extra precautions Sunday after hearing of the attack in Arvada, Colorado, early Sunday morning, in which a gunman killed two people after he was refused lodging at Youth With a Mission live-in Christian missionary center.
"Hundreds of lives were saved yesterday because of the plan that was put in place," said Boyd, who put the number of people on the church campus at the time as 7,000.
Authorities say the Arvada and Colorado Springs shootings may be related, and overnight police from Arvada executed a search warrant obtained by Colorado Springs police for an address in the Denver suburb of Englewood. Authorities did not say how the address may relate to the case.
Lt. Skip Arms of the Colorado Springs Police Department said that no motive has been determined for the gunman at the second shooting. The gunman's identity has not been released.
Police in the two cities say different weapons were used in the shootings -- a handgun in Arvada and a rifle in Colorado Springs.
The first incident took place Sunday at about 12:30 a.m. at Youth With a Mission in Arvada. Police said a man with a beard, wearing a dark jacket, glasses, and skullcap, entered the facility, got into a dispute with a staff member about whether he could stay there for the night, and then opened fire.
Investigators tried to track the gunman through fresh snow with the help of dogs, but lost his trail in a heavily walked area, Deputy Chief Gary Creager of Arvada police said.
Then shortly after 1 p.m. in Colorado Springs -- about 80 miles south of Arvada -- a black-clad gunman opened fire on worshippers at New Life.
Youth With a Mission co-founder Peter Warren identified the two killed staff members as Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24. He said they were cleaning up from a Saturday night Christmas banquet when the attack occurred.
Another staff member, 24-year-old Dan Griebenow, was in critical condition with a bullet in his neck as of Sunday night, and a second survivor, Charlie Blanch, was shot in the legs, the group said on its Web site.
I'm suprised as you are that any church would pull it's head out of the sand ... even though the need is obvious. It's not like criminals respect the sanctity of the church, or that churches have zero money ...I`m rather flaberghasted that a church of any kind routinely has armed security.
I do applaud her actions. And I agree wholeheartedly that this helps prove the point that an armed good person is our only defense against those with evil in their hearts. Too bad more people don`t feel this way, a legislator in MI has introduced legislation to do away with pistol free zones, but the dem controlled house won`t let it out of committee.dsk said:The woman should be applauded, not only for her herosim but also for finally proving what we've been saying all along. The only way to stop mass shootings is to have somebody there with a gun to stop the SOB.
Please. It was obviously necessary and it paid off by saving lives. Don't be flabergasted. Be aware. It can happen anywhere.msjdgman said:I certainly don`t mean to take ANYTHING away from the woman guard who shot this assailant, I applaud her actions completely, but I guess I`m rather flaberghasted that a church of any kind routinely has armed security. Is this church in an area prone to vandalsm or crime in general, or has there been some sort of threat to this religious organization or it`s people? I`m only curious.....I`m not making judgements
Indeed--she sounds like a true warrior. If this account is accurate, two male security guards (armed) basically froze--a pretty stark reminder of the necessity to be mentally prepared for the unthinkable. Clearly, she was.guy sajer said:Lot's more would've died if not for her bravery .
This country could use a few million more of her, I would say.Larry Bourbonnais, a combat-tested Vietnam veteran, said it was the bravest thing he's ever seen.
Bourbonnais, who was among those shot by a gunman Sunday at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, watched as a security guard, a woman who has not yet been named, calmly returned fire and killed the shooter.
"She just started walking toward the gunman firing the whole way," said Bourbonnais, who was shot in the arm. "She was just yelling 'Surrender,' walking and shooting the whole time."
Bourbonnais, 59, had just finished up a hamburger in the cafeteria on the sprawling church campus when he heard gunfire, he recalled.
Bourbonnais headed in the direction of the shots as frightened people ran past him looking to escape to safety.
"Where's the shooter? Where's the shooter?" Bourbonnais kept yelling, he recalled.
Near an entryway in the church, Bourbonnais came upon the gunman and an armed male church security guard who was there with his gun drawn but not firing, he said.
Bourbonnais said he pleaded with the armed guard to give him his weapon.
"Give me your handgun. I've been in combat, and I'm going to take this guy out," Bourbonnais recalled telling the guard. "He kept yelling, 'Get behind me! Get behind me!' He wouldn't hand me his weapon, but he wouldn't do anything."
There was an additional armed security guard there, another man, who also didn't fire, Bourbonnais said.
Bourbonnais yelled at the gunman to draw his attention, he said.
"First, I called him 'Coward' then I called him 'S---head' " Bourbonnais said. "I probably shouldn't have been saying that in church."
That's when the shooter pointed one of his guns at Bourbonnais and fired, he said.
Bourbonnais ducked behind a hollow, decorative pillar and was hit in the arm by a bullet and fragments of the pillar.
At about that moment, a female guard with a drawn handgun turned a corner and walked toward the gunman and yelled "Surrender!" Bourbonnais said.
The gunman pointed a handgun at the woman and fired three shots, Bourbonnais said. She returned fire and just kept walking toward the gunman pressing off round after round.
The female guard fired off about a dozen shots.
After the gunman went down, Bourbonnais asked the woman, who has only been identified as a volunteer security guard with the church, how she remained so calm and focused.
Bourbonnais said she replied:
"I was asking the Holy Spirit to guide me the entire time."