Two Dead, One Injured In White Settlement Church Shooting

KRLD Sunday Morning News
December 29, 2019 - 12:21 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - Three people were shot, two fatally, during worship services at the West Freeway Church of Christ on Las Vegas Trail on Sunday

The shooting occurred around 10 AM this morning. 

Video live-streamed from the service shows a man talking to someone next to him, then getting up and shooting two people.

Several people then pull out their own guns out of self-defense, and one of them shoots the shooter.

The shooter and one victim were pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was rushed to a hospital and is listed in critical condition

MedStar's Mikera Tristy says the call was originally received for 2 shooting victims at 10:58 am, and upon clearance to enter the scene by law enforcement, the medical personnel identified three shooting victims. Two were dead on the scene, one was in critical condition.

All three were transported to local trauma facilities. The critical patient died en route to the hospital. However, paramedics were able to resuscitate the victim and he is now in surgery at a local trauma center.

There were also two minor injuries from patients striking their heads as they were ducking for cover. Those patients were treated and released.

"Today, evil walked boldly among us," Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said. "But let me remind you, good people raised up and stopped it before it got worse."

Jeoff Williams, Department of Public Safety regional director for North Texas, said "heroic" parishioners stopped the gunman and "saved countless lives."

"Unfortunately this country has seen so many of these that we've actually gotten used to it at this point," Williams said. "It's tragic and it's a terrible situation, especially during the holiday season.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, ATF, DPS, Texas Rangers, as well as Fort Worth and White Settlement police were involved in the investigation of the shooting.

"We are working very hard to find motive, to get to the bottom of what happened," said Matthew J. DeSarno Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Dallas Field Office.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement regarding the shooting:

"Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occured at the West Freeway Church of Christ. Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am greatful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for the White Settlement community, and for all of those affected by this horrible tragedy."

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick also released a statement on the events on Twitter, asking Texans to keep the community in their prayers. 

This is a developing news story and will be updated.