1 killed, 7 injured in Tennessee church shooting

Police in Nashville, Tenn., say a gunman has been captured after opening fire at a church, killing one and wounding seven.

Nashville fire department spokesman Joseph Pleasant says the wounded were transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

The gunman was among the wounded, but his condition is unknown.

Metropolitan Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said at a news conference that the gunman arrived in the parking lot as services were being let out Sunday at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, about 19 kilometres from Nashville.

Tennessee Church Shooting

Police tape lines the scene at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Aaron says the suspect fatally shot a woman who was walking to her vehicle.

Aaron says the gunman then entered the rear of the church and six people were shot. Aaron says a churchgoer who confronted the gunman was pistol-whipped by the suspect, who then shot himself.

Aaron said the suspect, who was in his mid 20s and was from Rutherford County, was taken to a hospital. Aaron didn’t immediately release the suspect’s name.

Aaron says witnesses are still being interviewed.

‘A terrible tragedy for our city’

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry called the shooting “a terrible tragedy for our city.”

Barry said in a statement Sunday her “heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones. Their lives have been forever changed, as has the life of their faith community at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.”

Barry has dealt with her own personal tragedy after her 22-year-old son died of an apparent drug overdose near Denver on July 29.

She said her administration “will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution, and promote non-violence.”

Tennessee Church Shooting

Police investigate the scene outside the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

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