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Three dead, including gunman, at Texas church where parishioners returned fire
The gunman was killed as members of the congregation returned fire during services in the town of White Settlement, police said.
Image: Authorities say two people were fatally shot at West Freeway Church of Christ during Sunday service on Dec. 29, 2019.
Authorities say a gunman fatally shot two people at West Freeway Church of Christ during Sunday services on Dec. 29, 2019.KXAS
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Dec. 29, 2019, 1:29 PM EST / Updated Dec. 29, 2019, 7:32 PM EST
By Doha Madani and Tim Stelloh
A gunman fatally shot two people before parishioners shot and killed him at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, authorities said.

J.P. Bevering, police chief of White Settlement, in Tarrant County, said the man opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ during services shortly before noon. Worshipers returned fire, killing the gunman, Bevering said.


One person was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Another parishioner who was in critical condition later died, authorities said.

"We lost two great men today," Britt Farmer, the church's senior minister, told reporters late Sunday. "But it could've been a lot worse."

Bevering said the shooter, who has not been identified, appears to have walked into the church and sat down.

"He got up, pulled out a shotgun and fired it at a parishioner," Bevering said. "That parishioner is deceased."


The shooter struck a second person before two other parishioners, who are volunteer members of a church security team, returned fire. The shooting was over within six seconds, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters.

They "drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives," Patrick said.

Matt DeSarno, the special agent in charge of Dallas' FBI field office, said investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting.

DeSarno described the shooter as a "relatively transient" person with roots in the area who'd been arrested multiple times in different cities. He declined to provide additional details.


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Fort Worth police Sgt. Christopher Daniels said that a video of the service streamed online earlier Sunday may have documented the attack but that it was removed from YouTube.

Farmer confirmed the video's existence to NBC News.

Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an "evil act of violence" in a statement Sunday afternoon.


"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," Abbott said.

White Settlement was given its name in the 1800s by Native Americans after non-Indigenous families began to settle in the area, according to the city's website.

Image: Doha Madani
Doha Madani
Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

Tim Stelloh
Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News, based in California.

Rima Abdelkader contributed.

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FierceMouse
FierceMouse 5 years ago

SB Braces will be on the ATF radar next!

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PeaceKeeperEDC
PeaceKeeperEDC 5 years ago

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DC CHANNEL GUNS 5 years ago

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PeaceKeeperEDC
PeaceKeeperEDC 5 years ago

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NC Gun Guy
NC Gun Guy 5 years ago

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PeaceKeeperEDC
PeaceKeeperEDC 5 years ago

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noel
noel 5 years ago

Their knee jerk reaction is to consider everyone a criminal. except they get to have guns. Insane BS.

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PeaceKeeperEDC
PeaceKeeperEDC 5 years ago

It's all about control.

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PeaceKeeperEDC
PeaceKeeperEDC 5 years ago

Watching now. Thank You.

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PeaceKeeperEDC
PeaceKeeperEDC 5 years ago

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