Three people shoot and two killed in Texas church shooting

Three people shoot and two killed in Texas church shooting

In a shooting inside a crowded church near Fort Worth, Texas, a terrifying scene captured on video on Sunday morning, at least two people were reportedly killed.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the incident, but the incident footage shows what seems to be a man shooting at least two people and then shooting as he tried to turn his gun at the crowd.

Just before 10 a.m. the shooting took place. At the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement Park, about 40 kilometers west of Dallas.

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Sunday’s service was live streamed on YouTube. The video, which has since been made private, shows dozens of horrified churchgoers ducking under their seats as several people, including someone who appeared to be a security guard, drew their own weapons toward the gunman.

A local CBS affiliate announced that two people had been killed and another in critical condition, but no deaths were officially confirmed by the authorities at the time.

Mike Drivdahl, a Forth Worth Fire Department spokesperson, said that in critical condition, three people were taken to the hospital.

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“When someone in our society dies, a very sad day,” he told reporters at a short news conference. “To all the families affected by this, our hearts and prayers go out.”

Three people shoot and one killed in Texas church shooting

Three people shoot and one killed in Texas church shooting

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the shooting “an evil act of violence” and “a horrible tragedy.”

“Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life,” he said in a statement.

 

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The incident comes two years after a gunman opened fire inside another Texas church in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. The shooter, 26-year-old Devin Kelley, killed 26 people and wounded more than 20 others at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017.

Government officials and political figures from across the state and country posted numerous messages on social media condemning the shooting and calling for change.

“So saddened to hear about another church shooting in Texas, this one in White Settlement near Fort Worth,” former Democratic presidential candidate and Texas native Beto O’Rourke, who’s a fierce gun control advocate, wrote on Twitter.

“Clearly what we are doing in Texas, what we are doing in this country, when it comes to guns is not working,” he added.

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We are shocked and saddened to hear reports of a shooting at a church in White Settlement.

As reports come in, please pray for any victims and their families, this congregation, and the law enforcement officials at the scene. My office will assist in any way needed.

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“Our places of worship need to be safe havens,” Houston councilwoman-elect Letitia Plummer tweeted. “There is a real need to breakdown barriers between communities and promote love and understanding. Our thoughts and prayers with the family and friends.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also weighed in.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear reports of a White Settlement church shooting,” he said in a brief statement. “As reports come in, please pray on the scene for any victims and their families, this congregation, and the law enforcement officers. My office will assist in any way needed.” Agents from the U.S. According to the department known as ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives went to the scene on Sunday afternoon to help in the investigation.

 

 

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