A gunman opened fire at a church in Antioch, Tennessee, on Sunday, killing one person and wounding six others, according to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
Police said another victim was “pistol whipped.” The Nashville Fire Department said in a tweet.
“This is a mass casualty situation. All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults.”
CNN is reporting that the local police first received the first call of multiple shots fired at 11:15 AM.
The gunman arrived at the church’s parking lot as a prayer service was letting out, said Don Aaron, spokesman for the police department.
The gunman, described by police as a man in his mid-20s, shot and killed a woman who was walking to her car before entering the church, Aaron said.
He then fired “multiple rounds” at people in the building, Aaron said. Six people were wounded by gunfire and another was pistol whipped, he added.
One parishioner who witnessed the shooting inside the church “ran up and confronted” the gunman, Aaron said. During a struggle, the gunman mistakenly shot himself, Aaron said.
The suspect is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center under police guard. “It is our belief that the gunman’s condition is not life-threatening,” Aaron said.
All of the victims have been taken to area hospitals. Agents from the FBI’s Memphis field office are on the scene providing assistance to local law enforcement, the FBI told CNN.
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