Texas Church Shooting Leaves 1 Dead and 3 Injured

A shooting at a church in Smith County, Texas, on Sunday left one person dead and three others, including the gunman, injured, the authorities said.

The shooting occurred at Starrville Methodist Church in Smith County, about 100 miles east of Dallas.

The church’s pastor was killed in the shooting, Sgt. Larry Christian of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pastor, who was not immediately identified, had confronted the gunman, who was hiding in the restroom, when the gunman took hold of the pastor’s weapon and shot him, Sergeant Christian said.

The gunman sustained a gunshot wound to the hand, though it was unclear who shot him, he said.

One other person was shot and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, he said. Another person, who was not shot, had injuries that were not life-threatening sustained in the chaos after the shooting.

There was not a church service happening at the time of the shooting, Sergeant Christian said. It was not clear how many people were in the church at the time.

The gunman was apprehended by the state authorities and will soon be in the custody of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, he said.

Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that the state was “working closely with first responders and local officials to ensure that justice is served and that the Starrville community has the resources it needs during this time.”

In a separate message on Twitter, he said, “Texas will seek swift justice for the shooter.”

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