Portrait of a hero, Jeanne Assam, is appropriate. She saved numerous lives in Colorado Springs. "I saw [the gunman] coming through the doors," Assam told reporters. "I took him down." Jeanne Assam is an ex police officer from Minnesota who volunteers as security at the Church. Assam, 42, said her faith allowed her to remain steady under pressure. "It seemed like it was me, the gunman and God," she said.
Earlier Monday, a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said it appeared Murray "hated Christians."
Revenge was one apparent motive. Murray had been kicked out of the training center for missionaries where the first shootings occurred. He authored hate mail to the Youth With a Mission center in Arvada after being removed from the program. Program directors had felt that issues with Murray's health made it inappropriate for him to finish training. The gunman's father, Ronald S. Murray, is chief executive of the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center in Englewood.
Update 12-11: Not to take any shine off the sparkle of this hero, but Jeanne Assam credited with bravery for shooting a gunman at a Colorado church was apparently fired from her job as a Minneapolis police officer in the 1990s for lying. It also turns out that although Assam hit Murray with several shots, he ultimately killed himself. Just goes to show no one is perfect.