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Witness: Usher who confronted gunman a 'hero'

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, September 24 2017 Sep 24, 2017 September 24, 2017 3:35 PM September 24, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Burnette Chapel Church of Christ / Facebook
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A witness to a shooting at a Tennessee church is calling an usher who confronted a gunman "a hero."
Minerva Rosa has been a member at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch for eight years. She was inside when a suspect opened fired Sunday.
Rosa says the suspect said nothing as he shot churchgoers. As the gunman made his way down the aisle, Rosa says the pastor started shouting, "'Run! Run! Gunshots!"
Metropolitan Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron say the usher was pistol whipped as he confronted the suspect, who then apparently shot himself during the struggle. Aaron says the usher then went to his own car to retrieve his gun, returned and stood over the suspect until police arrived.
Rosa says without the usher, the situation "could be worse."
Aaron didn't immediately identify the usher but calls him "an extraordinarily brave individual."

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