At least two dead after shooting at Texas church

Two people are dead and a third is in critical condition following a shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, on Sunday, according to The Dallas Morning News.

One person died at the scene of the shooting, another died on the way to the hospital and a third remains in critical condition, according to the newspaper, citing MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty. The shooter is believed to be one of the three, Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Mike Drivdahl told the newspaper, but it was unclear which one.

In a since-removed livestream of the Sunday service at the West Freeway Church of Christ, a figure appears to draw a weapon and fire twice before a second person shoots back, according to WFAA-TV, which said other armed congregants also rushed toward the shooter.


“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,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said in a statement. “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.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office tweeted that it would “assist in any way needed.”