A number of mass shootings have targeted churches
The mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, was the latest and by far the most deadly shooting at a church in recent years. Here are some notable previous fatal shootings at churches.
Sept. 24, 2017: Antioch, Tenn.
A gunman carrying two pistols opened fire as Sunday services were ending at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, killing one person and wounding seven others. The gunman, identified as Emanuel K. Samson, shot and wounded himself, police said; he was taken into custody.
June 17, 2015: Charleston, S.C.
Nine people who had gathered for Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a landmark black church in Charleston, were shot and killed by a white gunman, identified by police as Dylann Storm Roof, who was arrested the next day.A 10th person was wounded.
May 31, 2009: Wichita, Kan.
A gunman shot and killed an usher in the foyer of the Reformation Lutheran Church as he handed out church bulletins. The usher was Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions. The assailant, Scott Philip Roeder, an anti-abortion activist, was arrested three hours later; he was convicted of murder in 2010 and sentenced to life in prison.
Dec. 9, 2007: Colorado
A gunman shot two people at the Youth With a Mission Center at Arvada and then killed five people 12 hours later at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, before he was shot by a volunteer security guard, the police said. The gunman, identified as Matthew Murray, died at the scene of the second shooting.