"This is a mass casualty situation".
- Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) September 24, 2017Gunman wounded and at hospital.
The Nashville Metropolitan Police report that another victim was pistol-whipped and was taken to the hospital for treatment as well. It was not immediately clear what injuries the suspect sustained.
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"Every time that church door open. that young woman was there", said Love, who is not a parishioner.More news: Oil set for strongest since 2004; Iraq hints at Opec extension
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Although injured, the usher went to the parking lot, took a gun out of his vehicle and re-entered the sanctuary.
The church, which has a weekly service at 10 a.m., is located at 3890 Pin Hook Road.
The the gunman shot himself near in the face when the man returned.
The area around the church is shut down, while police continue their investigation.
According to the Nashville Fire Department's twitter account, eight people were wounded, including the shooter.
Minister Joey Spann leads the congregation at the Burnette Chapel Church, according to its website. They said of the other five percent, some would have died on the way to the hospital.