Faith Under Fire "This is a remarkable story
which shows that a person with faith can overcome overwhelming
Synopsis: Faith Under Fire is the story of a community's
struggle with betrayal, the shock to their faith, and
the death of loved ones after a former schoolteacher
opens fire during a church service on a Sunday morning
in the East Texas town of Daingerfield in the summer
of 1980. Armed with two assault rifles, two pistols,
and 350 rounds of ammunition, the assailant kills five
and injures ten more before four valiant men race into
the face of gunfire, saving the lives of hundreds of
people. Thirty years after that tragic day, survivors
share their journey to live with trauma that few experience.
A pastor, who is also the father of a seven year old
girl slain in this attack, reveals publicly for the
first time his shocking plans to murder the gunman
during court proceedings. The anger, rage and guilt
he carries for thirty years cost him nearly everything.
Young adults, who were children at the time, painfully
relive their nightmares, the fear of going out in public,
and the struggle with forgiveness they have endured
for three decades. One man that is now 42, describes
his life's journey after losing his faith as a child.
In a revealing interview with the murderer's detached
and aloof wife, she describes the morning of the shooting
when her husband loaded weapons into his car. Their
daughter reveals the painful reason this attack took
place and why she has carried guilt for thirty years.
In an unforgettable encounter, the killer's daughter
meets the mother of the murdered child for the first
time. It is a moment filled with anguish and compassion
rarely seen. It is a true picture of the healing power
It's been over thirty years since this public shooting
but the pain and memories for those affected that day
are still very real. These survivors witnessed and
endured what too many are having to deal with today
as this violence continues in our churches, schools,
shopping malls, movie theatres - basically everywhere.
They have not only survived but have learned to walk
with courage and faith.
Since this shooting took place, there have been over
650 deadly force incidents on faith-based properties
resulting in over 430 deaths. 74 fell victim in 2012
alone. Sometimes it takes a generation to pass before
we can look back and learn from these traumatic events
and that time has come for Daingerfield, Texas. They
have something to teach us.