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Neighbors Say They Warned Cops About Megachurch Shooter

Her former mother-in-law is also speaking out

(Newser) - The neighbors of Genesse Ivonne Moreno, the woman who opened fire in Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch on Sunday before she was fatally shot by police, say they'd been trying to warn authorities about her for years. The six women held a news conference to describe the harassment and...

Woman Opens Fire in Joel Osteen's Megachurch

A boy and a man are hurt, and the shooter is dead in Texas

(Newser) - Houston police are sorting out the details after a shooting at celebrity pastor Joel Osteen's megachurch on Sunday. Police say the female shooter was killed, and a young boy and a man were injured, reports KPRC . What we know:
  • A woman holding a rifle and carrying a young boy

Death Toll Rises in Ala. Church Shooting, Suspect IDed

3 have died after Vestavia Hills shooting; Robert Findlay Smith faces capital murder charges

(Newser) - Update: Police have IDed a suspect in Thursday night's church shooting in Alabama. Robert Findlay Smith, 70, who's now facing capital murder charges, is said to have been a fairly regular attendee at services at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, with the reverend's wife...

Man Fatally Shoots 2 Females Outside Iowa Megachurch

Then dies of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound

(Newser) - A man shot two females to death and then apparently killed himself Thursday night outside a church in Ames, Iowa, the AP reports. The man killed the two females in the parking lot of the Cornerstone Church, a megachurch on the outskirts of Ames, Story County Sheriff's Office Capt....

Judge Rules Air Force Must Pay $230M to Massacre Victims

Judge had previously ruled military branch was 60% responsible for Sutherland Springs church shooting

(Newser) - Update: The gunman who shot up a Texas church in 2017, killing 26 and injuring 22, is no longer alive to pay any kind of restitution to his victims or their loved ones. But on Monday, Judge Xavier Rodriguez of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas...

Court Endorses Law Protecting Confederate Statues

Removal requires approval of Legislature

(Newser) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in the same ruling, the AP reports, the justices struck down a requirement that...

Suspect in Texas Church Slaying Found, Charged

Pastor was shot to death after finding a man hiding in the bathroom: sheriff

(Newser) - A suspect has been located, charged and jail in the fatal shooting of a Texas church pastor Sunday. Mytrez Deunte Woolen faces two felony assault charges and a capital murder charge, USA Today reports. The pastor, Mark Allen McWilliams, was killed after finding a man hiding in the bathroom of...

Texas Pastor Dies in Shooting at Church

The suspect was hiding at the church to evade cops

(Newser) - A pastor was killed and two others were injured Sunday in a shooting at an East Texas church, the AP reports. “This is not a church-related, religion-related offense,” Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said at a news conference. Authorities say the pastor discovered the suspect hiding in a...

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,"...

Texas Church Shooting Was Over in 6 Seconds
Texas Church Shooting
Was Over in 6 Seconds
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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...

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...

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...

He Massacred 26 People. She Keeps Returning to the Scene
He Massacred
26 People. She
Keeps Returning
to the Scene

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

'Domestic Situation' May Have Led to Church Massacre
Gunman Sent 'Threatening
Texts' to His Mother-in-Law
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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...

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...

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...

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