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Shooting at Texas Church Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Critically Injured

12-29-2019
A person stands near the scene of a church shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
A person stands near the scene of a church shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Two people were killed and one was critically injured in a shooting Sunday morning at a church in White Settlement, Texas, KIRO-TV reports.

The incident was reported shortly after 11:00 a.m. at West Freeway Church of Christ near Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Mike Drivdahl said the agency sent out an "active threat" assignment about 11:30 a.m. and arrived at the scene to assist White Settlement police and fire.

One person died at the scene of the shooting, one person died enroute to the hospital, and another critically injured person was taken to hospital.

White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering told reporters that the gunman entered the church during a live-streamed service and opened fire. Two parishioners returned fire, striking the suspect who died at the scene, Fox News reports.

"As we stated, the suspect is deceased and the threat has stopped thanks to the heroic actions of those two parishioners at the church," Bevering said.

Local and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating a motive to the attack.

“Unfortunately, this country has seen so many of these that we’ve actually gotten used to it at this point. And it’s tragic and it’s a terrible situation, especially during the holiday season,” Jeoff Williams, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at the news conference. “I would like to point out that we have a couple of heroic parishioners who stopped short of just anything that you can even imagine, saved countless lives, and our hearts are going out to them and their families as well.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted, "As reports come in, please pray for any victims and their families, this congregation, and the law enforcement officials at the scene."

Texas Gov. Greg Abott tweeted, "Thanks to security at the church in White Settlement for swiftly ending the attack."

Authorities have not identified the victims or the suspect.

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