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Sunday Was No Ordinary Day for Texas Church Shooter

It was Keith Kinnunen's late brother's birthday: family

(Newser) - As head of security at Texas' West Freeway Church of Christ, Jack Wilson spent many hours training for an active-shooter scenario, "hoping it never happens," he tells KTVT . When it did, the 71-year-old volunteer's split-second reaction "ultimately saved the lives of maybe hundreds of people,"... More »

Texas Church Shooting Was Over in 6 Seconds

2 members of the church's security team took out the gunman

(Newser) - The gunman who shot and killed two people at a Texas church on Sunday as services were being broadcast live was stopped in just six seconds, according to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. "Two of the parishioners who were volunteers of the [West Freeway Church of Christ's] security... More »

Congregants Shoot Gunman in Live-Streamed Attack

2 people are killed in Texas church

(Newser) - Congregants shot and killed a man who opened fire in a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, killing the attacker, police said. A person shot by the suspect also died and a second parishioner has life-threatening injuries following the attack at the West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement... More »

Tennessee Church Shooter Learns His Fate

Emanuel Samson gets life without parole

(Newser) - A Tennessee jury deliberated less than two hours Tuesday before sentencing the man who shot up a Nashville church in 2017 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Friday, the jury found Emanuel Kidega Samson guilty of murder in the death of Melanie Crow. Samson also injured... More »

He Massacred 26 People. She Keeps Returning to the Scene

Michelle Shields talks about the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs church massacre

(Newser) - "The Lord had a different plan for me, maybe for me to be left behind and help the survivors." So speculates Michelle Shields, who in an alternate universe would be dead. In this one, she's very much alive, having stayed home on a fateful Sunday from services... More »

Man Discussing Church Shootings Accidentally Shoots Wife in Church

The bullet that entered her abdomen first struck his hand

(Newser) - During a discussion of church shootings, a man announced that he took his gun everywhere, pulled it out in a room full of people, then accidentally shot himself and his wife—at church. The unidentified Tennessee man, described as in his 80s, was at a luncheon at First United Methodist... More »

After Texas Shooting, an Outpouring of Love—and BBQ

Fundraiser to show victims' families 'their neighbors care' is wildly successful

(Newser) - The line of cars already stretched for miles before noon when Gage Laubach arrived at a tiny church outside San Antonio where a barbecue was being held to raise money for victims of the mass shooting in nearby Sutherland Springs. The steady stream of cars was still coming Saturday evening,... More »

Pastor: Site of Massacre Can't Be a Church Anymore

Frank Pomery suggests building in Sutherland Springs be demolished

(Newser) - The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention that it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church as a place of worship,... More »

Texas Authorities: You Won't Hear Us Speak Gunman's Name

It reflects wider movement to keep the victims at the forefront, suspects from being glorified

(Newser) - The shooter's name went unspoken at a news conference on the killings at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and authorities there say they intend to keep refraining from saying it. "We do not want to glorify him and what he has done," Texas Department of Public... More »

Gunman Sent 'Threatening Texts' to His Mother-in-Law

Massacre may have been triggered by 'domestic situation'

(Newser) - Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church appears to have been set off by some kind of family fight. "We can tell you that there was a domestic situation going on within this family," said a Texas Department of Public Safety official, adding that 26-year-old Devin Kelley... More »

Note in Tenn. Church Suspect's Car Referenced Revenge

The note could offer a glimpse into Emanuel Kidega Samson's mindset

(Newser) - A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for white supremacist Dylann Roof's massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years earlier, law enforcement officials told the AP . The note could offer... More »

Gunshots, Then a Minister's Command to 'Run!'

Emanuel Kidega Samson is charged with murder after church shooting in Tennessee

(Newser) - The minister shouted "Run, run, gunshots!" and congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms as a masked man armed with two guns opened fire at a Tennessee church, killing one person and wounding six before being subdued. Burnette Chapel Church of Christ member Minerva Rosa tells the AP... More »

GPS Reveals Chilling 2nd Stop by Dylann Roof

GPS data reveals he went to second church

(Newser) - GPS information from Dylann Roof's car reveals a chilling detail: He stopped at a second South Carolina church after his massacre, reports ABC affiliate WCIV . When he left Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Roof got back on the interstate and took an exit that brought him to Branch AME... More »

Charleston Survivor's Daughter Asked: 'Is Daddy Going to Die?'

Jennifer Pinckney cradled 6-year-old under desk as Dylann Roof killed her husband

(Newser) - "There's nothing wrong with me psychologically," Dylann Roof told a jury Wednesday . It was a statement Jennifer Pinckney had heard before. The wife of Rev. Clementa Pinckney had been in her husband's study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston with their 6-year-old daughter, Malana, on June... More »

Roof: No Witnesses, Evidence in My Defense

Judge tells 22-year-old 'it's a bad idea' to go with that plan for penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - The sentencing phase of Dylann Roof's federal hate-crimes trial, in which he could be given the death penalty, begins Tuesday, and the 22-year-old who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, in 2015 told a judge Wednesday at a pretrial hearing that he still intends to serve as his... More »

Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself

Defense lawyers will be on hand if he asks for help

(Newser) - Dylann Roof may have the chance to question the very people he is accused of shooting when he stands trial for the murders of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church. Judge Richard Gergel on Monday granted a surprise request from Roof to defend himself against 33 federal charges,... More »

In Secretive Decision, Dylann Roof Found Competent

Jury selection will restart Monday

(Newser) - Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial starting next week in the killing of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church last year, a federal judge ruled Friday. US District Judge Richard Gergel's ruling clears the way for jury selection to restart Monday. The judge delayed the process... More »

Young Man Opens Fire in Alabama Church: Cops

James Junior Minter, 26, is arrested in Selma

(Newser) - A man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend, their baby, and a clergyman at a church in Alabama, authorities said today. James Junior Minter, 26, of Selma, Alabama, was arrested after opening fire during services at the Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma,... More »

Feds Say Dylann Roof's Friend Is Lying

Joey Meek is accused of knowing about alleged church plot

(Newser) - The FBI thinks one of Dylann Roof's friends knew specifics about the accused shooter's plan for mass murder in a church. The feds arrested Joey Meek yesterday and revealed today that he is being charged with lying to federal agents and concealing information, reports the AP . He could... More »

Dylann Roof Wanted to Plead Guilty, but Didn't

Why a judge entered a not guilty pleas

(Newser) - The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court today that he couldn't advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.... More »

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