Gunman came into church and was shot by member of congregation

A live stream of a religious service captures the moment a shootout broke out between a gunman and churchgoers. The man aimed his gun and killed two people. Parishioners can be seen screaming and ducking under pews or running as papers fly to the floor. Several other members of the congregation trained their guns on him before he was shot dead.
Gunman came into church and was shot by member of congregation

The service was being livestreamed for people to watch who were not in West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the church’s security team ‘responded quickly and within six seconds, the shooting was over.

‘Two of the parishioners who were volunteers of the security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,’ he said. Britt Farmer, senior minister of the church, said: ‘We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse.’ There were more than 240 parishioners in the West Freeway Church at the time of the shooting.
Gunman came into church and was shot by member of congregation

Officials have not released the names of the victims or the gunman. FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said they’re working to identify the gunman’s motive, adding that he is ‘relatively transient’ but had roots in the area.
Keith Thomas Kinnunen
Keith Thomas Kinnunen

Keith Thomas Kinnunen has been identified as the gunman in the shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, on December 29 that left two people dead. Kinnunen, 43, was fatally shot by the church’s head of security.

MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty confirmed that one person died at the scene of the shooting, and one person died en route to the hospital. Hospital officials confirmed that one of these victims was the shooter. The third victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead by White Settlement police chief J.P. Bevering.

One victim was identified as Deacon Anton “Tony” Wallace. He was 64. The second victim was identified as Rich White by KTXS reporter Daniela Ibarra.

While the deceased gunman was born in Kansas on August 26, 1976, and voter registration records show that he was living in Medina County, Ohio. He also spent time living in Tucson, Arizona, where he also has a criminal record.

According to BoxRec.com, Kinnunen was a boxer in 2004 while living in Fort Worth, Texas. Records show that the middle weight division boxer only fought in two bouts. He lost by KO in October 2004, but won his other match by a KO in November of the same year.

Before moving to Texas, Kinnunen spent several years living in Tucson, Arizona, where he was arrested multiple times. He was found guilty in 1998 of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. In 2000, he was convicted in Arizona of driving without a license. In 2004, Kinnunen was arrested in Pima, Arizona, on a disorderly conduct charge, but it was dismissed.

In 2010, Kinnunen was charged in Tucson with misdemeanor theft, and then missed several court appearances in that case, leading to multiple failure to appear charges. In 2011, he was charged with assault and disorderly conduct in Tucson and also had failure to appear charges against him in that case. Kinnunen was again charged with assault (knowingly causing injury), in 2014 in Tucson.


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