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.
This is the scene outside of Starrville Methodist church in Winona where the Smith county sheriffs office says a shooting took place. There are injuries but it’s unknown how many rn. Waiting to speak to the sheriff for more info @kytxcbs19 pic.twitter.com/NFfeRT4aBo
— Matt Lackritz (@MattLackritz) January 3, 2021
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.”
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