Jack Wilson Bio, Wiki
Jack Wilson is a 71-year-old security volunteer who quickly shot the Texas church shooter, Keith Thomas Kinnunen at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29th, 2019. His action stopped the shooter and likely saving many lives. Wilson is a former reserve deputy sheriff who was the long-time owner of a firearms training academy. The gunman died at the scene after being shot; Wilson and another parishioner reacted within seconds and are being called heroes for their quick-thinking response.
Jack Wilson Wife, Family
Wilson is married to his wife for 51 years. Writing on Facebook, he said, “My wife of 51 years and I have raised our family in Granbury/Hood County for the last 42 years. We are the proud parents of 3 daughters and blessed grandparents of 10 and 1 great. I feel I have the knowledge and passion to move this growing county into a place all residents can be proud to call home,” he added.
Jack Wilson Background
In a Facebook post, Wilson explained that he has been a “small business owner for over 30 years. Worked for 18 years negotiating proposals and contracts for a major defense company.”
He added that he also served as a Hood County Reserve Deputy Sheriff from 1980-1986. “Presently a TCOLE Instructor and CHL/LTC Instructor. I continue to work with Federal, State and local levels of law enforcement,” he wrote.
Jack Wilson On Target Firearms Training Academy
On Facebook, Wilson says he’s president at On Target LTC, LLC and went to C.F. Brewer High School. He lives in Granbury, Texas.
Wilson revealed on Facebook that he’s the owner of On Target Firearms Training Academy, Inc. The company’s Facebook page describes it this way: “On Target Firearms Training Academy, Inc. was established in 1995 to provide Firearms Training & Service for YOU to exercise YOUR 2nd Amendment (sic) Rights.”
One photo posted on the company’s Facebook page reads, “As an American, it is your right to own guns. It is your duty to know how to use them.” However, the page has not posted since 2016, when the facility burned to the ground. You can see photos of the blaze here.
Jack Wilson Politics
Wilson is running a campaign for county commissioner in Hood Count. In November 2016, Wilson ran into some neighborhood opposition when he wanted to rebuild. NBC Dallas reported that the blaze was caused by an electrical fire, and Wilson wanted to reopen a scaled-down version but residents in a subdivision were not all happy about that.
Wilson told CBS, “One of the things that was quite interesting, we had two large banners on the side of the building that had the American flag and Texas flag and the Second Amendment below it. And with the statement, it says, ‘Open seven days a week to exercise your rights,’ and one of them survived.” The article said that the ATF was investigating because of the nature of the business but did not think the blaze was related to weaponry, foul play, or ammo. At that point, he had been running the business for 21 years.
The business contained an indoor public handgun and high power rifle range, electronic fingerprinting services, and classes in such things as concealed handgun licenses, hunters’ education, emergency preparedness, and an AR-15 class.
Jack Wilson is a Trump Supporter
In early December 2019, Wilson wrote on his campaign Facebook page, “I totally stand by President Trump. Please be sure you are registered to vote and please vote. The survival of the USA is in the balance in 2020!!!” That’s not the only time he urged people to vote for Trump.
He also shared a post opposing impeachment. Wilson wrote in December, “I attended several meetings this week. It was great to meet with conservatives that are like-minded. I heard there are many concerns about our freedom and liberties. I hope everyone will keep in mind that voting is the best thing you can do to ensure the freedoms we enjoy. VOTE!”
Church of Christ Shooting
Three people were killed after a shooting took place at the West Freeway Church of Christ located in White Settlement, Texas on Sunday, December 29th, 2019.The church shooting was captured on the church’s live stream on YouTube.
NEW: Video shows man opening fire at Texas church before he is shot by a security guard; 2 dead, 1 critical (blurred to hide victims, viewer discretion is advised) pic.twitter.com/hulXR7MYIy
— BNO News (@BNONews) December 29, 2019
The blurred version of the video above, shows the gunman stand up and speak to a church official before shooting two people. However, he gets immediate return fire before more people in the packed congregation could be hurt. It all unfolds in seconds as screams ring out in the church.
Two innocent people died; Deacon Anton “Tony” Wallace has been identified as one of those victims. The second victim was Rich White, according to KTXS-TV, which reported that “one was serving communion when the gunman opened fire.” The shooter was killed at the scene. The New York Times reported that the still unidentified gunman was shot and killed by “a member of the church’s volunteer security team” who was not yet named by authorities.
Wilson indicated in the comment thread that he used the following firearm: “SIG P229-357 SIG.”
According to The Times, the church has a security team of people licensed to carry firearms that has existed for about a decade; they were already suspicious of the gunman, the newspaper reported. The other deceased victim is also a member of the security team.
CNN reported that “two members of the church security team shot and killed” the gunman. One of them was Jack Wilson, the head of security for the church, according to the post he put on Facebook. The second member was not identified.
“Two of the parishioners who are volunteers on the security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in a news conference.
Patrick said in the news conference that the church security members were heroes. “The heroism today is unparalleled,” Patrick said. “This team responded quickly, and within six seconds the shooting was over.”