Shooting at Ames, Iowa church leaves 3 dead, including shooter

Police say an adult man shot and killed two female victims, then took his own life, in a parking lot outside Ames’ Cornerstone Church Thursday night.

The suspected shooter appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Story County Sheriff Capt. Nicholas Lennie said, although that part of the investigation is ongoing. The ages of the two women were not immediately known.

Lennie said several 911 calls came in at 6:51 pm as a program was going on at church. The church hosts a regular Thursday evening event for its youth ministry, the Salt Company.

Officials said the shooting happened in the parking lot of the church as others were inside. Hours later there were still people inside the church as well as in the parking lot.

Law enforcement officials on Thursday did not release details on the weapon used in the shooting. Lennie said there was not an ongoing threat to the public.

“I wouldn’t say I’m shocked as law enforcement,” Lennie said. “We prepare and we train hard for this, but when it happens, it’s obviously chaotic until you get it under control.”

People console each other after a shooting outside Cornerstone Church Thursday, June 2, 2022 in Ames, Iowa

Officials will hold a news conference on the shooting at 10:30 am Friday, Lennie said.

“I would also like to take a moment to take a moment to just extend our condolences to those involved, the victims involved, the families, the witnesses that were here at the church,” Lennie told reporters earlier Thursday evening. “And our hearts are with them as well at this time.”

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