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Security guard recalls role in stopping church shooting in Colorado Springs

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Sunday's mass shooting, at a small Texas church, hit close to home for thousands in Colorado Springs--who were inside New Life Church when a gunman opened fire back in 2007.

The shooting could have been far more deadly, if it weren't for one woman.

"I heard 'pop, pop, pop'--and that was him shooting and killing people in the parking lot of the church," recalled Jeanne Assam, who was a trained police officer but was volunteering as a security guard at the time.

Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Murray had open fired outside New Life Church--killing two people--and then made his way inside the mega church.

Assam, who was a trained police officer, exchanged gunfire with the Murray inside a hallway--saying after several minutes, she delivered the fatal shot.

"I said, 'drop your weapon or I will kill you.'  I was hoping he would drop his weapon, but he didn't," she told News5.

"I took my responsibility very seriously, because if I messed up, he would have killed several hundred--if not thousands of--people," she added.

While Assam said she supports a citizen's right to obtain a concealed carry permit, she does warn people of the dangers of pursuing an active shooter without proper training.

"Chances are high that you may die if you want to stop this active shooter.  But I'm not going to say 'don't do it,'" she said.

"If there is someone killing innocent people and you are in the immediate vicinity and you feel you can do something--do something."

And she says those who are unarmed can also do something.

The humble hero said citizens shouldn't be fearful when they leave the house, but to stay alert.

"I think people need to be vigilant and aware and report strange behavior, things that are out of place, or people that are acting oddly.  Their business is now your business if you want to live."

When asked about her stance on gun control, Assam told News5 she was relatively neutral, saying she saw the arguments on both sides--but is hopeful people will come together to find a positive change.

She also added she does not believe guns like AR-15's belong in the hands of citizens.

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