At least one person is dead and six others wounded after a shooting at a church outside of Nashville, Tenn., Sunday morning, in what authorities have deemed a “mass casualty situation.”
One woman was pronounced dead in the parking lot outside of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, and six more are being treated for injuries, the Nashville Metro Police Department announced on Twitter.
Gunman opens fire at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel on Pin Hook Road. 1 woman dead in parking lot…6 other innocents shot… pic.twitter.com/yuwjfGPjXs
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) September 24, 2017
Police have not released the name of the shooter, who was among the wounded being treated at the hospital.
“All of the wounded except for one is over the age of 60,” the Nashville Fire Department said in a tweet. The church service began at around 10:00 a.m. CST Sunday, according to the Tennessean.
Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said the gunman shot one woman, who was leaving the church, in the parking lot before going inside.
“One of the church members, upon seeing the gunman do this action, ran up to confront him, and was pistol whipped by the gunman,” Aaron said during a press conference taped by the Tennessean.
That church member then went to his car, where he had a gun covered by his concealed carry license, and went inside the church to confront the gunman again.
The gunman shot himself in the face when the man returned. He is being treated at a nearby hospital for his injuries, which do not appear to be life threatening.
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