As you know by now, a seriously troubled young man walked in to a missionary training center and church in Colorado on Sunday and killed four people. It is clear he intended to kill many more by the amount of weaponry and ammunition he had.
Praise God the church had volunteer, armed security guards working, and particularly Jeanne Assam. She remained calm, and did the right thing engaging Matthew Muray in a gun battle. Apparently, Murray turned the gun on himself when confronted by Assam's shots. The killing shot, autopsy reports seem to confirm, came from his own gun, on himself. Still, make no mistake, it was Assam confronting and engaging Murray that stopped him from killing further. His plan was certainly to kill many people, then kill himself. Assam confronting him made it clear he would not survive the encounter, so he turned the gun on himself. Her account is chilling for sure-
"I saw him coming through the doors, and I took cover, and I waited for him to get closer," Assam told reporters. "I came out of cover, I identified myself and engaged him and took him down," she said. Assam, a member of the New Life Church, said that although she was outgunned and physically weak from three days of fasting, "God was with me. . . . God made me strong."
"It seemed like it was me, the gunman and God," said Assam, whose hands trembled a little as she recounted the shooting during a news conference Monday.
The only correction I would make to Assam's last comment- in actuality, it was her, the gunman, God, and her Smith & Wesson, thankfully!