ANTIOCH, TENNESSEE — Just hours ago, a gunman opened fire in a church filled with attendees. One woman is dead, while others are wounded.
According to Fox News, authorities said a 26-year-old Black male entered Burnette Chapel Church of Christ wearing a ski mask and opened fire on Sunday, September 24.
Afterward, officials state that the gunman then turned the weapon on himself and fired.
Just southeast of Nashville, the incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. The suspect fired “multiple rounds,” according to officers.
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Fox News reports as follows.
“A church usher confronted the gunman at one point and was pistol-whipped, causing ‘significant injury around his head.’ He told police he then went to his own car, grabbed a pistol and headed back into the church. The gunman then shot himself.”
The woman who was killed had actually just left the church building, as notes the report.
She was walking to her car when she was shot by the assailant. After this, the gunman entered the rear of the church and shot six people.
Reported shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ on Pin Hook Rd. in Antioch. pic.twitter.com/Gyak0jEDRZ
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) September 24, 2017
According to the source, the injured were three women and three men — all of whom were rushed to hospitals.
Some were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while another victim and the man who was pistol-whipped were taken to Skyline Medical Center for treatment.
Currently, the gunman remains under police surveillance and expected to survive.
Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Megan Barry issued a statement regarding the shooting.
— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) September 24, 2017
Likewise, via Twitter, Nashville Fire Department mentioned as follows.
“This is a mass casualty situation. All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults.”
None of the victims were identified; however, the source says one of them is over 60 years of age.
The source mentions that witnesses saw the shooter in a “clown mask” instead of a ski mask.
Yet, police state that it was actually more of a ski mask.
Nevertheless, FBI officials are helping investigate the incident, but they’re not leading at this point.
All in all, do you think he’ll get similar treatment as Dylann Roof since he’s Black?
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