'The guy pointed a gun at me'
The voice of fear in Fort Worth
September 17, 1999
The following is a transcript of one of the early 911 calls from the shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday.
CALLER: Shots were fired at the Baptist church, southwest Fort Worth. There's a big rally going on here ... don't know what else is going on. ... Well, if it's a (inaudible) or something, I'd rather have you on your way.
DISPATCHER: What's your name, sir?
DISPATCHER: How many shots were fired?
CALLER: About six or eight. The guy pointed a gun at me and shot at me.
DISPATCHER: The person who had the gun -- was he black, white, or Hispanic?
CALLER: I didn't notice. He had on a black T-shirt and dark jeans.
DISPATCHER: A black T-shirt and dark jeans?
DISPATCHER: Okay... and you don't know if he was black, white, or Hispanic?
CALLER: I didn't see. He had on glasses. He was clear down the hallway. All I saw was flash of the muzzle and then I headed off in the other direction.
DISPATCHER: Which way did he go?
CALLER: Well, he looked like he was headed for the working center, which is where all the people are. That's where all the kids are. ... Looks like there's already a (inaudible) out there.
DISPATCHER: Do you know who this person is?
CALLER: No, I didn't recognize him. I didn't stick around that long. I just saw him and he pointed the gun at me and fired it ....
Gunman opens fire at Texas church; 8 people dead
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