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Gunman Fires Shots in Southern Mo. Church, Subdued by Attendees


"he may be upset with the church for reasons that I cannot say right now"

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NORWOOD, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) -- Authorities say a gunman walked into a southern Missouri church service Sunday and fired two shots into the floor.

Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler tells KOLR-TV that another round hit the ceiling when two men sitting in the pews tackled the man to the floor of First Baptist Church in Norwood, which is about an hour east of Springfield.

According to KSPR-TV, witnesses say more than 50 people were at the service at the time of the shooting and police say the man could have mental-health issues.

KOLR-TV reports that one of the men who tackled the gunman suffered a minor shoulder injury during the struggle, but no one else was hurt. The gunman's name wasn't immediately released. He is in custody and charges are pending.

The gunman was at the church about a month ago in a separate incident, Adler told KOLR-TV, adding that "he may be upset with the church for reasons that I cannot say right now.”

A phone message The Associated Press left for the sheriff wasn't immediately returned.



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