One Dead, Others Injured in Texas Church Shooting

Starrville Methodist Church
Starrville Methodist Church

One person was killed and others injured after gunman opened fire at a Methodist Church in Winona, Texas, Sunday morning.

UPDATE: The Smith County Sheriff’s Office indicates Starville Methodist Church gunman was a 21-year-old whom police pursued the night before. KXAN reports that Sheriff Larry Smith said the attacker eluded police by allegedly breaking into the church and hiding in a restroom. The pastor allegedly discovered the man in the bathroom Sunday morning. The pastor was armed at the time, but the man was allegedly able to take away the pastor’s gun and kill him with it. 

KTLV notes that the Smith County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the shooting was at “Starrville Methodist Church on FM 16.”

Valley Central reported the one fatality and also noted that a suspect was in custody.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) released a statement regarding the innocent saying, “Our hearts are with the victims and the families of those killed or injured in this terrible tragedy. I am grateful for the law enforcement officers who apprehended the suspect, and I ask Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for those affected by this horrible shooting.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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