As reported by Cassandra Fairbanks, two people were killed and one person is in critical condition after a shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in northwest Texas.
The shooter was prevented from creating more carnage by armed members of the church, several of whom drew their own weapons in response to his attack, as well as a security guard. It has now been confirmed that the gunman was shot and is one of the two people killed.
No less than four church members, including one guard, pulled guns on the shooter before he caused more carnage!! Guns Save Lives.
The shooter was dressed in black with a hood over his head before he started shooting.
The church took the video down but it is still posted online here.
*Graphic Warning*— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) December 29, 2019
Video from today’s attempted mass shooting in a Texas church
1 innocent person was killed, but thankfully an armed citizen shot and killed the murderer before he could do more harm pic.twitter.com/48vkDFegcM
The church was livestreaming their service to YouTube when the incident took place, but the video has since been made private. In the video, dozens of terrified worshippers can be seen ducking under pews as the shoot out unfolds.
The church was live streaming its service at the time of the attack. It appears in the video that when one person began shooting, others shot back. https://t.co/3HU29rIOQ2— WFAA (@wfaa) December 29, 2019
A witness told CBS 11 News that the gunman had shot a server during communion, before being shot and taken down by another church member. The incident took place around 10 a.m. local time.
“It was the most scariest thing. You feel like your life is flashing before you. I was so worried about my little one,” Isabel Arreola, who witnessed the shooting, told CBS.
MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty told the Dallas News that one person died at the scene and another died while being transported to the hospital.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement about the shooting on Twitter, asking for prayers for the victims.
We are shocked and saddened to hear reports of a shooting at a church in White Settlement.— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) December 29, 2019
As reports come in, please pray for any victims and their families, this congregation, and the law enforcement officials at the scene. My office will assist in any way needed.
In September 2019, Biden spoke to members of the press to express his outrage over Texas Governor Greg Abbott signing a bill into law earlier this year that allowed lawful gun owners to carry firearms in places of worship.1
WATCH: Joe Biden attacked the Governor of Texas for allowing church-goers to carry weapons just a few months ago pic.twitter.com/fuZmfabo5a— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 29, 2019
Kinnunen was arrested in 2016 after police found him in possession of a .12 gauge shotgun and rounds while in the area of the Phillips 66 refinery in Linden, New Jersey. He was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
The man who shot two people at a White Settlement Church on Sunday before he was killed by church security has been identified as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen, of River Oaks, according to two law enforcement sources.
Kinnunen had a criminal record in Tarrant County including charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2009 and theft of property in 2013.
He also was arrested in September 2016 for possession of an illegal weapon in Linden, New Jersey after he was found taking pictures outside an oil refinery, according to news reports at the time.
An article on the news website mycentraljersey.com reported that Kinnunen said he was travelling from Texas, was homeless and was taking photos of “interesting sites.”
At the time of his New Jersey arrest, Kinnunen also had a warrant for his arrest in Oklahoma for aggravated assault, mycentraljersey.com reported.
Kinnunen was a felon with a long police record. By Texas law he was not allowed to own a gun yet he went into a church and shot two people before being shot dead.
Thank God for the good guys with their guns. No gun control laws will prevent convicted felons like Kinnunen from acquiring a firearm.