Police chief: Shooter dead after parishioners return fire during service

Church members stopped a shooter during an attack at a church Sunday in Texas, the state’s governor said. Multiple people were killed amid a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, near Fort Worth. One person died at the scene and another died on the way to the hospital, according to KXAS-TV. Later, a third person person who was critically injured also died, KDFW-TV and The Dallas Morning News reported.”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,” 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.”White Settlement police Chief J.P. Bevering said the shooter entered the church during the service, but heroic parishioners returned fire. The suspect died at the scene, Bevering said.An elder at the church told The New York Times that one of those killed was a security guard who responded to the shooter, calling him a dear friend.”He was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us,” said the elder, Mike Tinius.”It’s extremely upsetting to see anyone committing violence,” he added.Tinius said he didn’t know the gunman and that the shooting appeared to be random.”No one should be subjected to gunfire in a house of worship. Our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy in White Settlement today,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said. “Details of the shooter are currently under investigation.” “Unfortunately, this country has seen so many of these that we’ve actually gotten used to it at this point. And it’s tragic and it’s a terrible situation, especially during the holiday season,” Jeoff Williams, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said. “I would like to point out that we have a couple of heroic parishioners who stopped short of just anything that you can even imagine, saved countless lives, and our hearts are going out to them and their families as well.”This is a developing story.

Church members stopped a shooter during an attack at a church Sunday in Texas, the state’s governor said.

Multiple people were killed amid a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, near Fort Worth. One person died at the scene and another died on the way to the hospital, according to KXAS-TV. Later, a third person person who was critically injured also died, KDFW-TV and The Dallas Morning News reported.

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“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,” 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.”

White Settlement police Chief J.P. Bevering said the shooter entered the church during the service, but heroic parishioners returned fire. The suspect died at the scene, Bevering said.

An elder at the church told The New York Times that one of those killed was a security guard who responded to the shooter, calling him a dear friend.

“He was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us,” said the elder, Mike Tinius.

“It’s extremely upsetting to see anyone committing violence,” he added.

Tinius said he didn’t know the gunman and that the shooting appeared to be random.

“No one should be subjected to gunfire in a house of worship. Our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy in White Settlement today,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said. “Details of the shooter are currently under investigation.”

“Unfortunately, this country has seen so many of these that we’ve actually gotten used to it at this point. And it’s tragic and it’s a terrible situation, especially during the holiday season,” Jeoff Williams, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said. “I would like to point out that we have a couple of heroic parishioners who stopped short of just anything that you can even imagine, saved countless lives, and our hearts are going out to them and their families as well.”

This is a developing story.