Two Churches Were Targeted In A Mass Shooting And A Fire This Week

November 5, 2017  |  

Photo Credit: Max Massey/KSAT

In the past week two churches have been targeted in gross acts of violence.

This morning (Nov. 5) police responded to a shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas that left 27 people dead and 30 people injured, according to KSAT. A witness at a nearby gas station told CNN that she heard 20 shots during the church service around 11:30 a.m. The gunman then led the police on a brief chase, which ended in him dying. It is unclear whether he killed himself or was taken down by the police. His identity has not yet been revealed.

Earlier this week, a predominately black church was burned down by a 15-year-old white male in Richland Parish, Louisiana according to multiple reports. On Halloween, the juvenile allegedly stole two Entergy trucks and set fire to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church at 9:53 a.m.

Entergy of Louisiana helped police track the stolen truck and when it was located, the suspect was still driving it. The teen is also connected to the theft of a second truck that was used to run into several cars parked at Caldwell Parish High School. No one was injured in either incident.

Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley said the suspect will be charged with arson.

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