Two people were killed and another was critically injured after a gunman opened fire in a North Texas church during Sunday service, local reports say.
Several lives were saved as two members of the church’s security team immediately gunned down the shooter.
Some 250 worshippers were gathered inside the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement town when, around 9.50am, a man dressed in black sitting in a pew suddenly stood up, drew a gun hidden under his coat and started firing killing two men near him.
As the worshippers ran screaming and ducked for cover, the two volunteer members of the church’s security team shot him dead within seconds.
Police have not identified the two victims. However, a witness told the New York Times that one of them was a security guard who engaged the shooter to protect the rest of the worshippers.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the incident an evil act of violence and hailed the two church-goerswho killed the shooter.
FBI Special Agent in-Charge Matthew DeSarno said the gunman was a history-sheeter and officers were trying to find the possible motive behind the shooting.
Britt Farmer, the church’s minister, hailed the government over the bill passed in September that allows churchgoers to carry guns in places of worship to protect themselves.
The bill was initiated after a mass shooting in a church in Sutherland Springs in November 2017. Some 26 people were killed when a man,
Devin Patrick Kelley, went on a gun rampage before taking his own life.
In 1999, another gunman killed seven people in Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth before blowing himself up.
On Saturday, a man stabbed five people at a rabbi’s home in a New York suburb as Orthodox Jews were celebrating the festival of lights, Hanukkah.