A man in his mid-20s shot and killed a woman outside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ near Nashville this morning. He also injured at least a half dozen other people before accidentally shooting himself. That shot wasn’t fatal, and the suspect is currently being treated in a local hospital.
“This is a mass casualty situation,” the Nashville Fire Department said in a tweet. “All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults.”
The gunman arrived at the church’s parking lot as a prayer service was letting out, said Don Aaron, spokesman for the police department.
One parishioner who witnessed the shooting inside the church “ran up and confronted” the gunman, [Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don] Aaron said. During a struggle, the gunman mistakenly shot himself, Aaron said.
We don’t yet know the shooter’s name. We certainly don’t know his motives. But I hope for damn sure this wasn’t an attack on people because of their faith. The people in that church have every right to worship peacefully and it’s tragic that anyone would bring violence to their religious home.
More on this story as it develops.
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