Security Guard Hailed A Hero
The gunman was killed by a member of the church's volunteer security staff before police arrived.
"He never got more than 50 feet inside our building," said Boyd. "(Our security guard) rushed toward the attacker and took him down in the hallway. She probably saved 100 lives."
He called her "a real hero" because the gunman "had enough ammunition on him to cause a lot of damage."
The security guard was a woman in plain clothes who volunteers with the church and uses her own personal weapon, Boyd said. She has a law enforcement background and is licensed to carry a weapon. She attends one of the morning services and then volunteers as a guard during another service, he said.
Boyd said she was the one who suggested the church beef up its security Sunday following the Arvada shooting, which it did. The pastor credited the security plan and the extra security for preventing further bloodshed.
Because of the shooting in Arvada, the guard was strategically placed inside the center of the church and was nearby when the gunman entered the foyer.
Boyd said the church "looked like a war zone" and that about 40 shots were fired in all. He called it a "senseless random attack."
Officers also found several smoke-generating devices on the church campus; their purpose wasn't clear.
Boyd said there are 15 to 20 security people at the church. All are volunteers but the only ones armed are those who are licensed to carry weapons.