Two people are dead and another is in critical condition after a gunman opened fire Sunday at a church in White Settlement, west of Fort Worth, officials said.
Mike Drivdahl, spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department, said the shooting took place at around 9:57 a.m. local time at the West Freeway Church of Christ, about 10 miles west of Fort Worth.
MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokeswoman Macara Trusty said the ambulance service treated three people with gunshot wounds. Two people — one of whom was the shooter — died at a hospital, she said.
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.
“It was the most scariest thing,” Isabel Arreola told the TV station. “You feel like your life is flashing before you. I was so worried about my little one.”
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that the church shooting was captured on a live stream of Sunday’s worship service.
In the video, a person stands and pulls out a weapon, then appears to fire twice before another person shoots back, according to WFAA. Some congregants holding guns rushed toward the shooter, while others ducked under church pews, WFAA reported.
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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. “Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for the White Settlement community and for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.”
Drivdahl said he did not know how many people were attending the service when the shooting started.
“It’s a very tragic day whenever anyone in our community suffers,” Drivdahl said. “It not only affects people who were here today, it affects first responders as well.”
The shooting took place hours after a knife-wielding attacker stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration in a rabbi’s home outside New York City. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the attack “an act of domestic terrorism” and directed the State Police hate crimes task force to investigate.