Man shot 2 females, self outside Iowa church: Police


AMES, Iowa (NewsNation) — A man shot two females to death and then apparently killed himself Thursday night outside a church in Ames, authorities said.

The man killed the two females outside the Cornerstone Church, a megachurch on the outskirts of Ames, Story County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Nicholas Lennie told the Des Moines Register. Investigators didn’t know the ages of those killed, Lennie said.

The shooter appeared to have then shot himself but his death is still being investigated, Lennie said.

The church is near Interstate 35, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

The Sheriff’s Office didn’t identify those killed or give details about what led to the shooting. A news conference is planned for Friday morning.

Authorities said they received calls at 6:51 p.m.

The church was hosting a Salt Company Kickoff event tonight for college-age individuals to worship together. A Facebook posting says the event was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate WHO contributed to this report.

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