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Address:Fort Worth, TX 76133, USA

Owner:Allison Shaw

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The shooter interrupted a teen prayer rally in the Wedgwood Baptist Church, slamming his hand on a door to make his presence known. Spouting anti-Baptist rhetoric, he opened fire with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and a .380-caliber handgun. He reloaded several times during the shooting; three empty magazines were found at the scene. Seven people were killed, four of whom were teenagers (a 14-year-old boy, two 14-year-old girls, and a 17-year-old boy). Three people sustained major injuries while four others received relatively minor injuries.

At the gunman's home, police found a pipe, end caps to enclose the pipe, gunpowder and a fuse. The gunman had thrown a pipe bomb into the church, but it exploded vertically and did not injure anyone.

During the shooting, the gunman was confronted by a 19-year-old former football lineman, "Jeremy" Jeremiah Neitz, who recounted the ensuing conversation for the Houston Press:

I don't know why, but I just sat there, looking at him as he came toward me. When he got to within about five feet, he pointed one of his guns at me and just glared. I told him, "Sir, you don't have to be doing this." He told me to shut the hell up. Then he asked me what my religion was, and I told him I was a Christian, a Baptist. He said, "That sucks," and that it was "a stupid religion." [Neitz replied] "No sir, it doesn't suck. It's a wonderful thing. God put me on this earth for a reason. I'm certain of that."

The gunman fired several more rounds and yelled, "This religion is bullshit." Neitz replied, "Sir, what you need is Jesus Christ in your life." Neitz asked the gunman "What about you?" The gunman said, "Fuck off," sat down and shot himself. Time Magazine described accounts of the confrontation as "unconfirmed" and possibly "pious invention", but the Houston Press wrote that the story had been confirmed, quoting the Fort Worth police detective who had interviewed Neitz: "Maybe he did frustrate the gunman with what he was saying. There's no way we'll ever really know. All I can say is that I'm impressed by what he did that evening. It was a very brave thing. You have to admire that."