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Prince William Co. Police scheduled Worship Watch Training month before Texas shooting

Law enforcement officers work near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

About a month before Sunday's mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas the Prince William County Police Department had scheduled a Worship Watch Training to help prepare faith-based organizations in the event of a church shooting.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 21 from 9 a.m until 12:30 p.m. at the Western District Police Station located at 890 Freedom Center Blvd., Manassas, Va.

Topics covered will include:

  • Safety Team and Building Security
  • Responses to Active Violence
  • Crime Reporting
  • Worship Watch Program
  • Emergency Preparedness

The station says to RSVP by November 14 by emailing: kpurcell@pwcgov.org.

At least 26 were killed and 20 injured in the shooting, after a man dressed in black entered First Baptist Church armed with a rifle and opened fire on its congregation, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference.

Those shot ranged from 5 to 72 years old, officials said at the conference. Abbott called it the "worst mass shooting" in the state's history.

The gunman entered the church and began shooting at approximately 11:20 a.m., officials said. He was followed and shot by a person inside the church, and after a chase by police was found deceased in his car.

Law enforcement officials identified the gunman as Devin Patrick Kelley, age 26, of neighboring Comal County, The Associated Press reported. His house was to be searched and authorities are working to determine his motive, officials said.






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