After four were fatally gunned down at a Naval Air Station in Florida and a police officer met the same fate in Alabama last week, chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) ministered to the mourning communities.
Officer down … again
RRT International director Jack Munday and his team grieved with those surviving the fallen officer in Huntsville, Alabama.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of Officer [Bill] Clardy being killed while serving and protecting his Huntsville community," Munday stated in an RRT news release on BillyGraham.org. "Officer Clardy was a personal friend to one of our RRT chaplains, who is now ministering to the officer's family and the department, while also caring for his own son who serves on the Huntsville Police Department. As we pray for God's hope and comfort, this tragic loss hits close to home."
Clardy was fatally shot – allegedly by LaJeromeny Brown of Tennessee – in a drug bust gone awry on Friday night.
"According to a Facebook post from Huntsville Police, STAC agents had set up a drug buy at a house on Levert Street," the local WHNT station reported. "When officers arrived, Brown immediately shot Clardy, hitting him outside his bulletproof vest. Other officers on a perimeter captured Brown after a short foot chase. Clardy was taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition and HPD Chief Mark McMurray said he died later Friday night."
Clardy was the sixth police officer killed this year in Alabama – marking a six-year high.
Fearful in Florida
Another deadly shooting had occurred earlier the same day at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday, when four were killed, including the shooter. The mass-shooter was a Saudi aviation student – just as were the Islamic terrorists who received flight training in the Sunshine State prior to hijacking and crashing four jetliners on 9/11 that targeted the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the White House.
Munday also helped community members deal with the multiple killings.
"We are deeply saddened by the shooting that took place Friday morning at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola," the chaplain expressed in a separate RRT press release. "We recognize we not only have military personnel that have been affected, but it has also deeply affected the civilian community in Pensacola. Our chaplains have been invited by Olive Baptist Church to come support the church and community after this tragic attack and we will have four chaplains there throughout the weekend – including at the memorial service that the church will be hosting – to share God's hope and provide emotional and spiritual support to those who are grieving."
The Islamic shooter who fatally shot three and injured seven was one of the international trainees getting aviation experience on the base, where 16,000 military members are employed. Sheriff deputies responding to the shooting killed the presumed jihadist.
"The FBI said Sunday that it will 'work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism' after a shooting at a Florida Navy base left three sailors dead," CBS News announced Monday. "The gunman has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21 – a Saudi national who was a naval student at Naval Air Station Pensacola."
It was further reported that the gunman was allegedly anti-Israel and condemned America's support of the Jewish State … while viewing the United States' war on terror to detect jihadists as an affront to Muslims.
"Additionally, authorities believe the gunman made social media posts in which he talked about U.S. support for Israel and charged that Americans are anti-Muslim, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Sunday," CBS News noted.