Tragedy struck in at an Antioch, Tennessee church on Sunday morning. During the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ's 10 a.m. service, an unidentified shooter entered the church and began firing his pistol.
The shooter arrived at the church just as the service was letting out, around 11:15 am, reported CNN. The gunman, a man in his mid-20s, shot and killed a woman who was walking to her car. He then entered the church and began firing
One person was killed, while another seven people were wounded. The Metro Nashville Police confirmed the shooting on Twitter.
“Gunman opens fire at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel on Pin Hook Road. 1 woman dead in parking lot...6 other innocents shot,” wrote the police
The shooting ended when one parishioner "ran up and confronted" the gunman, added CNN. During the struggle, the gunman accidentally shot himself. He is currently being treated, but they believe his condition is non-life-threatening.
The Nashville PD later added that in addition to six people who were shot, one person was also pistol-whipped.
The Nashville Fire Department also confirmed the situation. In a statement on their Twitter, they referred to it as a “mass casualty situation.”
"All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults,” added the fire department, who later said all but one shot were over the age of 60.
Bill Hunter, a former minister of the church, described the situation.
“A fella walked in, sat down in a seat and pulled out a pistol and started shooting.”
A woman, who lives next door to the church, also described the situation. She told reporters that someone ran up to her back door during the shooting. They said, “Someone is shooting at us at the church.” Her husband then went to the church and saw a victim that had been shot in the back.
The Mayor of Nashville released a statement soon after the shooting, calling it a “terrible tragedy.”
“My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones,” wrote Mayor Megan Barry. “Their lives have been forever changed, as has the life of their faith community at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. My administration, especially the Metro Nashville Police Department, will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution, and promote non-violence.”
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