It was a bloody Sunday at the Keystone Fellowship Church in Philadelphia after a church member pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot another worshipper dead. 27-year-old Robert Braxton was involved in some sort of an altercation with another church member before it turned violent and he was fatally shot.
“It sounded like three pops, almost like a champagne bottle opening three times,” said Breeana Somers, a Temple law student who was inside the church at the time of the shooting, according to NBC. “Everybody’s trying to make themselves as small as possible. You could hear some screaming and some crying but it was pretty silent.”
When police arrived on the scene at 11:23 a.m. they found Braxton suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to Abington-Lansdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:11 p.m.
Police said that the other church member who was involved in the shooting was also injured during the altercation.
He was taken to the hospital and later released. Investigators say the man is cooperating with police and no charges have been filed against him. They are currently trying to determine whether or not the shooting was justified. They also said the man has a concealed carry permit.
“There’s no one in custody,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. “The individual involved in the shooting is cooperating with police at this point.”
Braxton was not armed.
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“I went under a chair in a fetal position,” said Somers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I tried to make myself as small as possible,” she said. “It’s really frightening that anything like this could happen here.”
At almost the same time as the shooting took place, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was decrying gun violence in remarks at Triumph Baptist Church in North Philadelphia.