Tennessee Church Shooting

Sad news coming out of Tennessee…

One person was killed and seven others were injured in a church shooting in Antioch, Tennessee on Sunday morning.

An eighth victim was pistol-whipped according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. All, but one

Via CNN:

“This is a mass casualty situation,” the Nashville Fire Department said in a tweet. “All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults.”
The shooting occurred at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a neighborhood in Davidson County governed by Nashville.

The MNPD said it received the first call of multiple shots fired at 11:15 a.m. CT.

The gunman was in the church’s parking lot as a prayer service was letting out, said Don Aaron, spokesman for the police department.

The gunman, described by police as a 25-year-old African-American man, shot and killed a woman who was walking to her car before entering the church, Aaron said.
Once inside, the gunman “began indiscriminately shooting,” according to Aaron. There were approximately 50 people still inside the sanctuary when the shooting began.

Six people were wounded by gunfire and another was pistol whipped, he added.
A church usher who witnessed the shooting inside the church “ran up and confronted” the gunman, Aaron said. During a struggle, the gunman mistakenly shot himself, Aaron said.

“It would appear he was not expecting a brave individual like the church usher to initiate the struggle and confrontation,” Aaron said.

The suspect is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center under police guard. “It is our belief that the gunman’s condition is not life-threatening,” Aaron said.
All of the victims have been taken to area hospitals, he added.

Police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. They have not said anything about a potential motive.

The Nashville Fire Department offered updates about the church shooting via social media.

I will keep you updated on this church shooting as more details become available.

My prayers to the victims and the church family.

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