WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a church in the Tarrant County city of White Settlement, officials said.READ MORE: Malik Faisal Akram 'Got Agitated' At Islamic Center Days Before Taking Hostages At Synagogue
Authorities responded to the shooting Sunday morning just before 11 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ on Las Vegas Trail.
A witness told CBS 11 News the gunman walked up to a server during communion with a shotgun and then opened fire. According to the witness, another church member, later identified as Jack Wilson, shot the suspect.
“It was the most scariest thing. You feel like your life is flashing before you. I was so worried about my little one,” Isabel Arreola said.
Two church members were killed in the shooting, while the gunman was fatally shot by the man who worked security.READ MORE: FBI Warning To Faith Communities After Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Situation Familiar To Jewish Community
“Tragically, there were two people who were shot and they died at a local hospital,” White Settlement Police Chief JP Bevering said. “… the suspect is deceased, the threat was stopped thanks to the quick and heroic actions of those safety members inside the church.”
Two other people were injured trying to duck and cover but were treated and released.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he is “shocked and saddened” to hear the reports.
We are shocked and saddened to hear reports of a shooting at a church in White Settlement.
As reports come in, please pray for any victims and their families, this congregation, and the law enforcement officials at the scene. My office will assist in any way needed.
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) December 29, 2019
Gov. Greg Abbott has also made a statement in regards to the shooting:
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“Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ. Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life.”
Authorities are continuing to investigate and do not have a motive for the shooting at this time.