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Two people were killed, and one critically injured after a shooting took place at the West Freeway Church of Christ located in White Settlement, Texas.
MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty confirmed that one person died at the scene of the shooting, and one person died en route to the hospital. Hospital officials confirmed that one of these victims was the shooter. A third victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
The Church of Christ was live-streaming their Sunday services on their YouTube channel, and while the motive remains unclear, a man is firing off two shots while church-goers ducked under their seats in fear. The video, which also showed an armed security guard taking down the gunman with a single shot, has since been removed from the church’s YouTube channel.
White Settlement church shooter
The West Freeway Church of Christ is located at 1900 S Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement. At around 9:57 a.m. local time, multiple police and EMS units are on the scene on the reported incident. White Settlement is located in Tarrant County, a northwest suburb of Forth Worth.
1. The Live-Stream Video Of The Church Service Captured The Horrific Scene
Heavy has viewed the video which shows the shooting taking place inside the church’s main auditorium, but has chosen not post it due its graphic nature. The video shown here is blurred, but still has disturbing audio and visuals.
The video shows the suspect, wearing what appears to be a black hoodie, walk up to someone standing on the side of the room, and start talking to him. Another guy nearby appears to to see the suspect has a weapon, and stands up to pull out a gun of his own. However, the suspect then shoots them both.
A second later, the armed security took the shooter down after pulling out his own gun and shooting once. The whole interaction from start to the third gunshot takes place within about 15 to 20 seconds. The screams heard from those attending church Sunday morning were horrific.
“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 told CBS DFW.
2. The Church of Christ In White Settlement Had Armed Security
A witness told CFDW CBS that a church member, identified as a former FBI agent, and part of the church’s security — shot the suspect.
FBI, ATF and Fort Worth Fire Department reported to the scene, and the White Settlement Police are getting witness statements. A witness told CBS 11 News the gunman shot someone with a shotgun during communion and that he was then taken down by another church security with a gun.
WFAA-TV reporter Tiffany Liou tweeted, “My friend’s parents go to West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement/Fort Worth. His dad says the gunman was hiding the gun under his coat before shots were fired. There is security, and armed members.”
The identities of the victims and suspect have not yet been released to the public.
3. The Suspect Is Confirmed Dead
Video livestream still from West Freeway Church of Christ shooting – shooter can be seen wearing a black hood of some sort and a rifle.
As reported by the DFW scanner account on Twitter, multiple unites responded to an “active threat” at the Church of Christ in White Settlement. WFAA-TV’s Whitley reported that “Church security (armed members) subdued [the suspect].” The suspected was later confirmed as dead by hospital officials.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families that were affected by this incident,” said Fort Worth police spokesman Mike Drivdahl.
4. Texas State Officials Released Official Statements After The Shooting
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton shared a statement following the news of the shooting. He tweeted, “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 governor Greg Abbott also sent out an official statement.
Statement on shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement:
5. The Church of Christ Shooting Took Place The Morning After 5 People Were Stabbed At A Rabbi’s Shul in Monsey
Twitter/ADLThe ADL took these photos of the scene of the Monsey stabbing attack.
On the evening on December 28, five people were stabbed by a machete-wielding attacker, who was later identified as Grafton Thomas, near a New York synagogue. Grafton entered a Monsey, New York, rabbi’s home during Hanukkah celebrations on Saturday, authorities said. The synagogue, known as Rabbi Rottenburg’s shul, is located on Forshay Road in Rockland County, New York. The suspect was later arrested in New York City after fleeing from the scene.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday morning outside of the synagogue, “This is intolerance, meets ignorance, meets illegality. This is an intolerant time in this country. We see anger, we see hatred exploding. It is an American cancer in the body politic. It literally turns one cell in the body against others. We have seen it here in the state of New York. This is about the 13th incident of anti-Semitism in just the past few weeks. It comes during a period of high holidays for the Jewish people. At the end of the day, it’s not just about words, it’s about action. And we have seen enough in New York. This is violence spurred by hate. It is mass violence and I consider this an act of domestic terrorism. Let’s call it what it is.”