Armed congregants kill gunman at Texas church

National News

December 30, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Police and fire department officials surround a scene of a shooting Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. (Yffy Yossifor/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — A gunman who killed two people during a Texas church service was fatally shot within seconds by armed congregants, said Texas officials, who hailed the state’s gun laws that allow weapons in places of worship.

More than 240 parishioners were in the West Freeway Church in the Fort Worth area town of White Settlement at the time of the shooting on Sunday, authorities said.

Parishioner Isabel Arreola told the Star-Telegram that she sat near the gunman and that she’d never seen him before Sunday’s service. She said he appeared to be wearing a disguise, perhaps a fake beard, and that he made her uncomfortable.

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