According to police, two women were shot dead by a man outside a church on Thursday, after which he pointed a gun at himself.
Two women were murdered by a man outside Cornerstone Church, a fundamentalist Christian megachurch on the outskirts of Ames, Iowa, according to the Storey County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting took place in the parking lot, while a college ministry event at the church took place inside the Salt Company Church. It was the first summer night of the show, according to KCCI 8 Des Moines,
The calls came at 6.51 p.m. about the shooting, about an hour before President Joe Biden would make a spirited appeal on national television to end gun violence.
Story County officials are still working closely together what happened Thursday night. According to the sheriff’s office Captain Nicholas Lenny, the incident appears to be isolated.
‘There was a program going on. We have other individuals inside the church. We have no further information at this time as to whether anyone else was injured. We are working through the process of investigating this incident and talking with others inside the church,’ Lenny said.
The church is located near Interstate 35, approximately 30 miles north of Des Moines.
When police arrived at the church, they found both the women and the suspected gunman dead. Their identities and possible links to each other have not been disclosed.
The US has been shaken by a rise in mass shootings in recent weeks. A second incident on Thursday night in Racine, Wisconsin, sparked a funeral on the side of a grave, when a man fired several shots at a crowd of mourners. According to officials, two people were injured, but no one was taken into custody.
The previous day, a man killed his surgeon and three others at a medical office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was the 233rd mass shooting in the US this year.
During his televised speech on Thursday, Biden called for a ban on high-capacity magazines and urged Congress to pass gun control laws that would require background checks, red flag laws and exempt gun manufacturers from legal liability. Protective immunity must be revoked when their weapons are used for violence. ,