Friday 3 June 2022 07:10 AM Shooter opens fire in church parking lot in Iowa, kills two and self trends now

Friday 3 June 2022 07:10 AM Shooter opens fire in church parking lot in Iowa, kills two and self trends now
Friday 3 June 2022 07:10 AM Shooter opens fire in church parking lot in Iowa, kills two and self trends now

Friday 3 June 2022 07:10 AM Shooter opens fire in church parking lot in Iowa, kills two and self trends now

A shooting outside of a church in Iowa on Thursday evening left two young women and the male gunman dead. 

The shooting took place in the parking lot of the Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, shortly before 7pm. 

A youth ministry program was taking place inside the church at the time of the shooting.

A statement from a representative of the church characterized the victims as being 'young members' of the church community, though their ages are not known. It is believed the gunman shot himself.

The representative described the shooter as an 'adult male.' 

People console each other after the shooting outside Cornerstone Church on Thursday, June 2, in Ames, Iowa

People console each other after the shooting outside Cornerstone Church on Thursday, June 2, in Ames, Iowa

People hugging and consoling one another after the shooting outside the Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa

People hugging and consoling one another after the shooting outside the Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa

People embrace outside the Cornerstone Church after the shooting on Thursday. Two members of the church were killed by a gunman in the parking lot

People embrace outside the Cornerstone Church after the shooting on Thursday. Two members of the church were killed by a gunman in the parking lot

Story County Sheriff Capt. Nicholas Lennie said that 911 calls reporting the shooting began to come in at 6:51pm on Thursday evening.

The shooting took place in the parking lot as people were inside the church attending the weekly Salt Company youth ministry event. 

Two young women were killed before the gunman died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, according to police. None of their ages or identities are known, but a representative of the youth ministry group said the victims were members of the church.   

'We are grieving deeply,' said Mark Vance, of the Salt Company youth ministry at the Cornerstone Church, 'Tonight, a tragic shooting occurred involving two young members of our Cornerstone Church community. It is believed that an adult male shot these two victims and then took

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