While the nation was glued to the news of approximately 26 adults and children killed in a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, another shooting was happening outside a church in Fresno, California.
Two people were shot in the parking lot of St. Alphonsus Church in Fresno on Sunday morning, and police were involved in a standoff nearby with someone believed to be the gunman.
According to dispatch and eyewitness reports, the shooter exited his vehicle, fired a gun at the victims who were shot inside a blue Toyota, and returned to the car to flee the scene.
The shooting happened in a back parking lot of the church. Witnesses reported three gunshots were fired.
Father Dominic Rajappa told the Fresno Bee that morning mass had just ended and churchgoers were leaving when gunfire broke out.
One person reportedly died. More than an hour later, her body, covered by a blue tarp, was still on the ground between two cars. The other victim’s status was not immediately known.
Source for further reading: Fresno Bee