Police and other emergency services in Tennessee are responding to reports of an active shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch near Nashville.
Police said one woman was found shot dead in the parking lot and seven other people were found shot inside. One other victim was pistol-whipped. That’s eight victims total.
Metro Nashville police hold a media briefing on Antioch church shooting. Watch the video below!
According to Mail Online:
The shooting happened around 11.15am as services were letting out at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, which is located about 30 minutes southeast of Nashville in Antioch.
‘A gunman wearing a neoprene mask arrived in the parking lot and one woman who was walking to her vehicle was immediately fatally wounded by the gunman,’ Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said at a press conference.
He said the gunman, who is a 26-year-old African American male, then entered the church through the main sanctuary door and began firing multiple rounds.
‘At this juncture, six persons, six innocent persons were wounded by gunfire. They have been taken to area hospitals,’ Aaron said.
‘The gunman was wounded by a self-inflicted shot; he too has been taken to a hospital.’
A church usher ran up to confront the 26-year-old gunman and was pistol-whipped by the shooter, Aaron explained.
‘There was a significant struggle between the two,’ he said. ‘During the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally.’
‘This particular church member has a handgun carry permit,’ Aaron added. ‘The usher went to his vehicle, got his gun, came back inside and made sure the gunman didn’t make any more movements until the police department arrived.’
The shooter’s condition is not life-threatening and he is under police guard at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Aaron said.
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