Church Shooting Suspect Stopped By Armed Congregants

On December 29, 2019 at approximately 9:57 am, police were called to the West Freeway United Church of Christ on a report of shots fired. Three people have been shot, including the shooter.  According to USA Today:

Two people were dead and one was in critical condition after a gunman opened fire Sunday at a North Texas church, authorities said.

Mike Drivdahl, spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department, said the shootings took place at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, about 10 miles west of Fort Worth. He said he had no information on the motive for the attack, which was called into police at 9:57 a.m. local time.

MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokeswoman Macara Trusty said one person died at the scene of the shooting and one person died en route to a hospital. She said all the victims are male and Drivdahl said that one of those shot was the gunman. It was not immediately clear whether he was killed.

A witness told CBS11 News the gunman walked up to a server during Communion with a shotgun and began firing until another church member shot the suspect.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement of condemnation for the “evil act of violence” at a “sacred” place of worship.

“I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life,” Abbott said.

This story is still developing.

Antioch TN Church Killer Found Guilty On 43 Counts.

I don’t believe in speaking the name of cowards that attack women, children and senior citizens. Suffice to say, the suspect in the September 24, 2017 Antioch, TN Burnette Chapel attack was found guilty this week in a Nashville, TN courtroom. The evidence revealed the attack, committed by a person who had been loved on by this church in his teen years, committed the murder and attack on innocent people in revenge for the equally despicable act in Charleston, SC. when an equally despicable killer murdered nine people in a racist attack designed to spark a race war.

I will be posting a video of his testimony in the coming weeks, as well as that of Caleb Engle.

Instead of posting video about this evil act, I decided to focus upon the victims in the attack. Pastor Joey Spann gave a moving impact statement, as did Melanie Smith’s sister and friend. They are posted below. Please pray for this church and its members as they learn how to move on from this heinous crime.

Cameras Alert Church Staff Someone Inside Church

A Bryan man released from jail on Sunday after serving two months for misdemeanor crimes was arrested Tuesday night on charges of breaking into Parkway Baptist Church. 28 year old Lamont Orange was found by CSPD officers in a wooded area north of the church.

According to the arrest report, church employees called 9-1-1 after seeing Orange on their mobile devices from the church’s security system. The employees went to the church and continued to follow Orange on their mobile devices. Inside the building, officers found two ripped Bible pages that were stuck on the lenses of two security cameras with a blue soapy substance. After Orange was found, officers found a backpack with a Bible missing the ripped pages and a bottle of blue body wash.

According to online records, this is the sixth time Orange has been in jail in the last two years. Orange remains in jail in lieu of a $5,000 dollar bond on the new charge of burglary of a building.

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Church Burglar Steals Church’s New Security Cameras

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Community Church in Salem recently installed new security cameras, and they’ve already captured images of a crime in progress. Unfortunately, it was the theft of the church’s new cameras!

Church staff noticed the cameras were missing and checked the recordings and found an image of a man in the church after hours with a backpack on. The footage has been released and the church hopes to have a conversation with the suspect about changing his ways. Next investment: a security system.

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