The swift actions of a man of faith prevented a tragedy at a church service in Nashville, TN on Sunday afternoon.
According to metro police, a 26-year-old man named Dezire Baganda entered and sat near the entrance to the Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church on West Trinity Lane. Moments later, he drew a gun, walked to the altar, and ordered the worshipers to stand. Pointing and waving his gun at praying parishioners, the event could have quickly turned deadly as it did when Dylann Roof opened fire on a black church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, killing nine innocent people.
Yet Pastor Ezekial Ndikumana says he was inspired by God to act. As Baganda began to wave his gun, the preacher slowly walked to the rear exit out of sight. As the assailant continued to wave his gun at members of the congregation, a video shows Pastor Ndikumana attacking Baganda from behind.
After the surprise maneuver, surrounding members join with the pastor in subduing Baganda, according to the video.
“He wanted to kill, that’s what first occurred to me,” Ndikumana told News 2 as choir member Nzojibugami Noe translated for him.
“He stood in front of almost everyone. No one was behind him yet, so he could have done anything, ”added Noe.
Police records show the gunman pretended to be Jesus and said all worshipers should be shot.
Meanwhile, the Nashville congregation hails Pastor Ndikumana as a hero. The man of faith, however, made sure not to take the credit for himself, instead thanking God for saving the lives of the church members.
“God wanted to show that he is a powerful God,” Ndikumana explained. “One main thing I said, we had faith. “
According to Nashville Police, Baganda has been charged with 15 counts of aggravated assault. Several accounts should be added at the start of the week.
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