A pastor from Nashville, Tennessee is recognized as a hero this week.
When Dezire Baganda, 26, reportedly walked to the altar at the Pentecostal Light Church with a gun on Sunday, November 7, 2021, he told everyone to stand up, according to Nashville subway police. Church pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana snuck behind Baganda and quickly attacked and disarmed the gunman.
Ndikumana told police when Baganda was not a member of the church, but he has attended religious services before.
“I would say God used me because I felt like I was going to use this backdoor as an example of an exit trying to use the backdoor behind him,” Ndikumana told WATE, by the intermediary of a translator. “Then I had a feeling I was going to catch it, and that’s what happened. “
On November 7, the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department announced on its official website that Baganda had been charged with 15 counts of aggravated assault. Other counts should be added.
According to a 2020 Lifeway Research report, there have been 19 fatal shootings in American churches since the Columbine School shooting in 1999.