DFW CBS Local reports – Two people are dead and another person is critically injured after a shooting at a church in the Tarrant County city of White Settlement, officials said.
Authorities responded to the shooting Sunday morning just before 11 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ on Las Vegas Trail.
A witness told CBS 11 News the gunman walked up to a server during communion with a shotgun and then opened fire. According to the witness, another church member — identified as a former FBI agent and part of the church’s security — shot the suspect.
Star-Telegram – A man was standing toward the back of the sanctuary holding a tray when the shooter got up from a nearby pew, walked toward the man and appeared to say something to him.
The gunman then backed up, pulled out a long gun and fired a shot toward a man who was seated nearby. He then fired a shot toward the man holding the tray.
A man in the back then pointed a handgun at the gunman and fired one shot. The gunman fell and two more people from the audience who appeared to be armed slowly walked toward the gunmen.
“Then you just hear screaming,” Ross said.
He wasn’t sure if the man who shot the gunman was a security officer but said “he acted so quickly” and appeared to be trained.
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ABC News reports – Three people were taken to hospitals, including one who remained in critical condition. Another victim died en route to the hospital, officials said.
The shooter, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a spokeswoman at MedStar Hospital in Fort Worth.
Two other people suffered minor injuries when they hit their heads attempting to flee the church, officials said.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “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. ”
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s statement referenced the “brave response of church members who likely stopped the loss of additional lives.”
While it’s horrible that a single innocent life was lost, this could have ended a bloodbath if not for armed citizens and armed church security.