Two dead in Texas church shooting; shooter killed

Updated: Dec 31, 2019, 11:00 IST | Agencies | Houston

The shooting took place at about 11:50 am (local time), during the morning service on Sunday

Police vehicles parked outside the church on Monday. Pic/AFP
Police vehicles parked outside the church on Monday. Pic/AFP

Houston: A gunmen pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on worshippers at a church during Sunday service in Texas, killing two people before being fatally shot by armed members of the congregation, the authorities said.

The shooting took place at about 11:50 am (local time), during the morning service on Sunday. According to the authorities, the gunman pulled out a shotgun at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, and begun firing.

The two churchgoers who were shot died later in a hospital, police said. Video footage showed the gunman stand up and speak to a man nearby, who gestured at another parishioner. The gunman then fired at the man he gestured toward.

The gunman fired again, at the man he had spoken to, before a member of the congregation acting as a security guard returned fire with a shotgun, immediately felling the attacker. Several other parishioners also produced handguns and trained them on the attacker.

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