Police Tape
Police Tape

By Jack Phillips

At least two people were killed and one person is in critical condition following a shooting at a church in Texas on Sunday, officials said.

Several agencies are responding to 1900 South Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement, Texas, according to officials. The shooting reportedly unfolded at the West Freeway Church of Christ.

MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty told The Dallas Morning News that one person died at the scene, and another person died en route to a hospital.

Another person told was taken to the hospital in critical condition, Trusty told the news outlet.

At least two people were killed and one person is in critical condition following a shooting at a church in Texas on Sunday, officials said. (Google Maps)

NBC News also reported two people died and one person was wounded. Other reports said that three people were injured, and some reports said that one person was dead and two were injured.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Mike Drivdahl told CNN that the shooter was believed to be among those who were shot.

He added than an “active threat” assignment was sent out at around 11:30 a.m. local time, the Morning News reported.

Video footage and photos show a large police presence outside the church. Yellow tape is seen cordoning off the facility.

Special agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are responding to the shooting, NBC reported.

White Settlement is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. White Settlement got its name in the 19th century by Native Americans after families of European descent began to settle in the area, the city’s website says.

Other details about the incident are not clear.

Crime Drops in US in 2018

Not since 1999 has the United States seen the number of murders drop so precipitously as in 2018, when 1,080 fewer people died of homicide or non-negligent manslaughter than the year before, according to national crime statistics released by the FBI on Sept. 30.

The murder rate dropped to 5 per 100,000 residents, a decline of 6.8 percent from 2017.

Overall, the violent crime rate dropped by 3.9 percent, most notably the robbery rate, which slid by 12.6 percent in 2018. The property crime rate, meanwhile, decreased by 6.9 percent. The burglary rate, in particular, declined by 12.5 percent.

Of the seven crimes captured in the data—homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, and car theft—only rape was up in 2018, by 2.1 percent.

The decline in crimes accelerated from 2017, when the violent crime rate dropped by about 1 percent and the rate of property crime fell by 3.6 percent.

The past two years saw a decrease from the major crime spike in the two years prior. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate had increased by more than 20 percent. The country hadn’t seen a two-year increase so steep for decades.

Petr Svab contributed to this report.

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