1 dead after shooting incident at Keystone Fellowship Church; No one in custody, says police
Apr 25, 2016 10:24 AM EDT
A typical Sunday Service was turned into a shocking shooting incident that left one church member of the Keystone Fellowship Church dead. Another member of the church is cooperating with the police as they continue their investigation on the incident.
The church's member, 27-year-old Robert Braxton was shot inside its premises after getting involved in an incident described as a disturbance that escalated into an altercation. ABC News reported that the altercation occurred between Braxton and another church member who is currently cooperating with the police.
Braxton was shot in the chest and was rushed to the Lansdale Hospital but later died. According to WFMZ News, Braxton's shooter was also injured and was sent for treatment. The unnamed man had a permit to carry a concealed weapon and the police is investigating whether the shooting was justified or not.
The shooting incident that happened during the church's 11 a.m. Sunday Service shook the peaceful worshippers who were frightened by sudden burst of gunshots. "It sounded like three pops, almost like a champagne bottle opening three times," a witness named Breeana Somers stated.
"Everybody's trying to make themselves as small as possible. You could hear some screaming and some crying but it was pretty silent. I went under a chair in a fetal position. I tried to make myself as small as possible. It's really frightening that anything like this could happen here." .
Per NBC Philadelphia, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele confirmed that they do not have anybody in custody as of the moment. The authorities also added that witnesses were taken to the police station to give their statements of the incident.
Keystone Fellowship Church clarified the whole incident through their Facebook Page where they confirmed that aside from Braxton and the shooter, no other members were injured in the incident. Autopsy was also scheduled on Monday.