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In a shocking incident at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church near Birmingham, Alabama, a 70-year-old gunman opened fire during a ‘Boomers Potluck’ party, tragically killing three elderly churchgoers, Your Content has learned.
However, thanks to the quick actions of another brave septuagenarian, the shooter’s rampage was halted.
Eyewitnesses recount the courageous act of a man seated at the same table as the victims. Without hesitation, he confronted the armed assailant, managing to wrestle the gun away from him. In a display of remarkable bravery, the elderly hero then wielded a folding chair to subdue the gunman.
The suspect, identified as Robert Findlay Smith, a 70-year-old individual associated with arms dealing, now faces capital murder charges in relation to the triple-shooting. The motive behind the attack remains unclear at this time.
Reverend Doug Carpenter, a retired pastor of St. Stephen’s with over three decades of service, shared insights into the incident. According to Rev. Carpenter, the courageous individual struck the shooter with a folding chair, effectively preventing further harm to innocent churchgoers.
Reports indicate that Smith was sitting alone at a separate table during the event. While alcoholic beverages were available, Smith appeared to be drinking from a small bottle of Scotch, raising questions about his state of mind during the tragic incident.
The heroic actions of the septuagenarian who confronted the gunman undoubtedly saved lives and demonstrated the resiliency and courage within the community. Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident to determine the full details and motive behind this senseless act of violence, according to ABC NEWS.