A gunman killed four people near a small-town church, then killed himself early Monday after a nine-hour standoff with police, authorities said.
Police said witnesses told them that Freddie L. Cranshaw, who lived across the street from the Sash Assembly of God, exchanged words in the church parking lot Sunday night with church member Wes Brown, who asked Cranshaw to leave.
Cranshaw, 54, who authorities said had only a partial right arm, returned a short time later and shot Brown, 61, at close range, and then shot the pastor, James Armstrong, 42, witnesses said, reports CNN.
According to Guardian, Cranshaw then drove to an intersection, where he shot at a truck towing a horse trailer and then killed the two women in the truck after they tried to flee and hide, witnesses told police.
"The witnesses said they could hear the women screaming," Moore said.
"We believe it was just random," Moore said of the women's slayings. "They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Police believe Cranshaw then returned home, pausing along the way to shoot at a house and cafe near the church but not hitting anyone.
A 10-member SWAT team made two attempts to enter Cranshaw's house but retreated when he shot at them, Moore said.
Police finally entered the house about 6 a.m. after firing tear gas inside. Cranshaw was found in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to head, Moore said. Police believe Cranshaw had shot himself about an hour earlier.
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