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One Killed, Seven Wounded in Church Shooting in Tennessee

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Image: Members of the Nashville Fire Department stand outside the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch
 Members of the Nashville Fire Department stand outside the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Metro Nashville Police Department
One person was killed and seven others were wounded during a shooting at a church in Antioch, Tennessee, on Sunday morning.
The gunman arrived in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch around 11:15 a.m. local time (12:15 p.m. ET) and fatally shot a woman as she was walking to her car, Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said at a press conference.
"Six innocent persons inside the church were wounded by gunfire, they have been taken to area hospitals," he said Sunday afternoon.


One of the church members confronted the gunman, Aaron said, and was "pistol whipped" by the man.
The church member, who was a licensed gun owner, went to his vehicle and retrieved his own fire arm and returned to the church, he said.
"It was then that the gunman shot himself," Aaron said.
The shooter, whom police have identified as a man in his mid-20s, was wounded and in a hospital, but is not believed to have life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Aaron said police were not aware of any relation between the gunman and the congregation, but the investigation was still ongoing.
Police said there were a number of witnesses to the shooting in the church and they were being interviewed by the authorities.
The gunman was apparently wearing "a type of neoprene mask," Aaron said, adding that it was the kind of half mask a skier might wear.
Nashville police also said earlier on Twitter that the gunman was wounded and at a hospital.
Joseph Pleasant, a spokesman for the Nashville Fire Department, had told NBC News earlier Sunday that nine people were wounded at the church.
"This is a mass casualty situation. All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals," the department said on Twitter. "The majority are older adults.
They also said that "all of the wounded except for one is over the age of 60."

"This is a terrible tragedy for our city," Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said in a statement. "My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones."
And Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper said on Twitter that he was "horrified by the killing in Antioch."
Following reports and hopeful that injured victims recover quickly," he said.

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