2 dead including suspect in shooting at Texas church

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At least one victim was killed and four others were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded Texas church on Sunday morning before he was shot to death by two armed parishioners, including a security guard, officials told ABC News.

The shooting occurred at 10:57 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement and was captured on the church’s livestream of the service, officials said. 

Witnesses told reporters that the gunman was wearing a fake beard and sunglasses and had taken communion before launching the attack.

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.”

The FBI is assisting in the investigation, according to Matthew Desarno, special agent in charge of FBI’s Dallas field office.

“We are working very hard to find a motive, to get to the bottom of what happened,” Desarno said.

The church service was going on when the gunman appeared to stand up and confront an usher, according to the livestream video.

The footage shows the gunman wearing a long coat taking a step back before pulling what appeared to be a shotgun from his coat and firing point-blank on the usher and another member of the congregation. A security guard standing near the front door of the church returned fire, hitting the suspect, according to the video.

White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that an armed parishioner also fired at the suspect, hitting him.

“The suspect is deceased, and the threat has stopped thanks to the heroic action of those two parishioners at the church,” Bevering said.

As chaos erupted, members of the congregation ducked under pews as others who appeared to be armed rushed toward the gunman, the video shows.

“Everything is under control. Our security team did everything they needed to do,” a church leader is heard in the livestream telling terrified members of the congregation.

The church leaders urged everyone to stay calm and file out of the sanctuary.

“We had a gentleman that came in armed to do harm,” the church leader says in the footage.

Church members can be heard screaming and crying in the livestream, including one person who yelled, “I love you.”

Church member Melanie Davis said her mother was sitting next to the gunman he launched his attack.

“I’m just giving all the glory to God because he was the one who protected my mom,” Davis said outside the chuch. “The shooter was sitting next to my mother. And so she is the one who recognized that he had a fake beard on and sunglasses on.”

Davis said her mother told her the gunman got up a couple of time during the service, including once to take communion.

“Once he got up and took communion that’s when he came around and started shooting. It was during communion,” Davis said.

She said her mother, who was not injured in the attack, dove under a pew and hid when she saw the gunman pull a shotgun from under his coat.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted his office will assist in the investigation if needed.

ABC News’s Marilyn Heck, Jenna Harrison and Bonnie McLean contributed to this report.


12 thoughts on “2 dead including suspect in shooting at Texas church

  1. Trade your garment for a sword
    They want you to only be a victim
    Show them you are a force to be recognized
    The shot that man made taking out that threat was epic
    My rule is
    No metal detectors , my gun goes with me
    Slow is fast , take your aim and drop that sac of shit
    If you’re not packing , you’re part of this country’s crime problem
    Carry everywhere all the time

  2. In a real world, would not the names and faces of the those who put a halt to the killing be plastered all over the news today and have them hailed as heroes?


    I will be running the site in “combat mode” for a day or two and won’t be able to get to the top part of the page or into the server to upload the captures of the shooting in Texas until then, but I have confirmed that they are secure and can be posted later. Anyway – I was ripping people for posting a falsified video until I realized that Alex linked to one that had been falsified on Twitter. The captures I have are out of the original. Twitter changed it to a white guy. And that is VERY important to point out.

    Update to the update below:
    I have found the problem with the gifs of the church shooting – A short portion of the video has been posted to Twitter and linked by Alex. The video posted to Twitter is falsified. Twitter is allowing it to be posted, but it has been changed to show the guy was white. So people are re-posting gifs based on the falsified Twitter video and Alex gave it major exposure.

    The videos are being censored, but there are now animated gifs of the takedown, and they have switched the guy’s face over to being white.

    TOO BAD, I WAS AHEAD OF THIS ENOUGH TO CAPTURE THE KEY FRAMES FROM THE VIDEO AND THEY PROVE HE WAS BLACK. Yes, they want this to be a white guy shooting SO BADLY they’re ditching the original video and replacing it with falsified gifs.

    An attempted mass shooting by a black guy at a predominantly white Texas church got shut down in 5 seconds by five white guys with guns. The entire incident went out over an HD live stream of the church services, and yes, the truth did get out and now it is getting censored on Youtube before people even finish uploading it. Someone does not want the truth of this getting out, BECAUSE:
    This morning, as of 4 AM they have already morphed the story to a white guy did the shooting. That is not the case at all.

    Ok, so here’s what happened (and I saw the HD video before it got censored – ) It appears the black guy had a beef with another black guy at the church, and he drew his gun to shoot him. But there was a white guy watching out (evidently the shooter got attention before shooting) and when the white guy, (who was quite slow about it, probably because he could not believe what he was seeing) saw the black guy draw his gun he much too slowly drew his gun and was the first one shot, obviously because the shooter needed him gone first. Once he was gone, the black guy shot the other black guy and then was gunned down by 4 other white people who were carrying. The entire thing lasted about 5 seconds.

    Here’s the actual story line: Black guy tries shooting another black guy in predominantly white church, succeeds in killing 1 white guy and 1 black guy and then within 3 seconds gets gunned down by 4 other whites carrying legal firearms.

    Here’s the new story line: White nationalist with face obscured by black hoodie and fake beard (thus introducing a story line which makes it impossible to see the face to prove anything) commits attempted mass shooting in church. As it turns out, people at the church have spoken about this and the shooter was a black Democrat voter with a long rap sheet. Wherever this story goes will all depend upon whether or not individual people can manage to post above the censorship.
    So they claim “virtually all reported shootings are by whites, especially mass shootings” but what good is that reporting when it totally skips the fact that blacks out mass-shoot whites by a ratio of about 17:1 overall, even when America’s white population is much larger? Just look at the crime stats in Baltimore, Detroit and Chicago, and who does all the shootings. But those don’t count. GOT IT. OK, but this one does because it happened at a church in a town called White Settlement, and dammit, we’re gonna make it a white guy because we have not staged a white guy shooting for a while and we need one.
    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: At least the Hanukkah stabber is being shown as NOT WHITE. But that was not done with a gun so why not say it like it was – after all the target is white gun owners and stabbings don’t hit that category.
    source : Jimstone

    1. “As it turns out, people at the church have spoken about this and the shooter was a black Democrat voter with a long rap sheet.”

      What are you, Sam, a Republican voter?
      And what the hell does the color of our skin as individual free sovereign nationals have to do with the fact that this whole f-king show is being run by an unlawful corporation, and as a population of American nationals, they are attempting to subjugate us? Maybe we should kill each other over the color of our skin, religion, Ds and Rs.
      This is race baiting bullshit is being put out to divide our people for the purpose of a civil war so we destroy ourselves as the only thing standing between the international corporate aristocracy and their one world kingdom.
      F-k Jim Stone. I didn’t see one f-king word in all this bullshit about the true problem nor the true solution.
      Again, do you vote your corporate straw man? Are you an R?

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