Man opens fire inside Knoxville, Tennessee, church; at least six people shot

11:00 am EDT: Man opens fire inside Knoxville church; at least six people shot

Multiple people have suffered gunshot wounds in what witnesses describe as a mass shooting inside a church in West Knoxville Sunday morning.

The shootings happened at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Kingston Pike.

A witness who spoke to 10 News said police had arrived and one person was being detained at the scene.

A children’s production of “Annie” was taking place as part of the normal Sunday service at the time of the shooting, the witness, who is a member of the church, said. The gunman walked into a packed sanctuary and opened fire.

11:19 am EDT: Steve Drevik, a member of the TVUU Church spoke to media outside the church building, where media are assembled.

11:29 am EDT: Steve Drevik says the suspect isn’t believed to have any connection to the church.

He says the suspect is now in custody.

11:38 am EDT: More information about the church can be found at their website:

– Source: Man opens fire inside Knoxville church; at least six people shot, WBIR, USA, July 27, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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