Double shooting at neighboring church Sun. morning

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    Double shooting at neighboring church Sun. morning

    Only moments before our middle (contemporary) service, I was told of a shooting at our closest neighboring church of the same denomination.

    My mind went into high gear...was this a still-active shooter scenario and someone was headed to us or any other church next? Who in the congregation is or might be armed? Who can keep an eye out for anything or anyone out of the ordinary?

    We opened with a song. I am on the front row, my back to 2 of the 3 entrances while we are singing. I spent a tense few minutes until one of our members got word from the SO that they were NOT looking for anyone at that point. I understood that to mean that they either had the shooter/s in custody or s/he was dead. I was able to relax - somewhat - once that was known.

    No real point to this except to share there is a hurting congregation out there. The story seems to be that two people had a suicide pact. The pastor was pretty shook at finding two bodies (one still living, so far) when he came in around 7:20 a.m.

    And, it drove home what I already knew: we are not prepared as a congregation for a violent act. We have work to do.

    And, there are hurting people out there. Stay aware. Stay safe.

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    I guess the only thing I can say is I guess it was good that they were just killing themselves and not other innocent people.
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    Prayers sent for the Pastor and congregation.
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    Prayers out.
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    Sad, a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Just glad they did not decide to take out a bunch of innocent people with them.
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    Sadly, I used to sit in the front row. 'Less distractions and I could focus better on the sermon.

    Now I always sit in the back for SA purposes.
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    Wow...no place is immune. Praying for the congregation and for yours, miklcolt45!
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    Sorry to hear about that. I also tend to sit with a view of the entrances, and knowing my church, I kind of doubt anyone else has given the possibility much of a thought, and would probably be shocked to find that someone was CCing during services.

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    My wife and I are vacationing in Marco Island, FL this week and saw this story Sunday night on the local news. Like you, my 1st thought was a double homicide with an active shooter on the loose.

    Sad that some people feel this is the only way to deal with their problems.
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    Sad to hear. Oddly enough, here in Georgia, although we have liberal carry laws, carrying in a church is/was banned. [I think the law changed recently] I've done it accidentally a few times, when I forgot there was a pistol in my pocket.

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