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.