An attack during a church service in Texas left two people killed and one injured. The unexpected event occurred in White Settlement, on Sunday morning.
The church security team shot and killed the attacker, authorities said.
City Police Chief J.P. Bevering said the shooter entered West Freeway Church of Christ and sat down in the sanctuary, then stood, pulled out a shotgun and shot two parishioners.
“There was a security team inside the church and they eliminated the threat,” Bevering said.
Matthew DeSarno, the FBI agent in charge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, didn’t identify the shooter, but said he was “relatively transient with roots to this area” and had been arrested multiple times in different municipalities.
The motive is unknown, and nobody knows yet whether the shooter targeted the victims, authorities said.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the incident was over within six seconds thanks to the quick response of the security team members. Recent changes in Texas law allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms into houses of worship.
“Two of the parishioners who are volunteers on the security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,” he said.
The Church to Gather to Continue the Service
Despite the horror, the Church will open its doors today at 6:00 p.m to continue with the service.
The senior minister Britt Farmer said the church will hold a meeting to continue the service that was interrupted by the shooting.
“We lost two great men today but it could have been a lot worse,” he said at the news conference. “I am thankful our government has given us the opportunity to protect ourselves.
“There is evil in this world,” he said. “Today is one sermon I will never preach. It was called ‘Leaving a Legacy,’ and two men today left a legacy.”
#BREAKING: Police are at the scene of a church shooting in White Settlement, Texas:
•At least 3 shot
•2 dead, 1 in critical condition
•Shooter believed to be among those shot
•Churchgoers returned fire
•Service was being livestreamed when attack occurred
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) 29 de diciembre de 2019