Ames in shock after shooting outside Cornerstone Church

The Ames community is in shock after a gunman opened fire outside Cornerstone Church. The shooting happened during Salt Company, a church university ministry program. It was the first summer night of the program at Cornerstone. Authorities say three people have been killed, including the suspected gunman. James Stratton and Rheya Spigner were in Ames speaking to community members about the tragic shooting. KCCI spoke to Kacey Pierce, a college student who went to Cornerstone for Thursday night’s program. He said he and his friends came to church after the shooting happened. The group got out of their car and said they saw others ducking behind their cars. They didn’t know what was happening. Pierce described a few men trying to take charge to protect people and alarm people to get away from the scene. KCCI reporters say the community’s response has been one of disbelief. That a shooting like this could happen at a church in Iowa. “For that to happen at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa. If you had told me that a while ago, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. It’s unbelievable, honestly,” said Pierce. Scott, a member of the church with whoever spoke to KCCI was not an eyewitness, but had prayed with a student at the scene who had told him he had performed CPR on one of the victims of the shooting “It’s just hard to understand,” Scott said. From what he said, the shooter got out and he saw him get out of the car and shoot… and saw that happen and shot another girl as she ran away and then shot himself… It’s just hard to understand, said Scots. The Story County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and is expected to last until Friday. They will provide an update Friday at 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Pastor Mark Vance released the following statement: “A tragic shooting occurred tonight p most recently involving two young members of our Cornerstone Church community. Due to the ongoing investigation we are unable to provide full details at this time. However, we can say that we are more than saddened by the events that have taken place. Our hearts break for everyone involved and we pray for everyone involved. Our Department officials are available to support all concerned, and we will continue to cooperate fully with authorities as they complete their full investigations.” We sincerely appreciate the response from the Story County Sheriff’s Department, Ames PD, and all law enforcement officers who are investigating this matter. case with exceptional professionalism and compassion. Please pray with us for all those affected and their families.” For all who are interested, we will be holding a prayer service tomorrow, June 3, 2022, at 10:00 AM at Cornerstone Church of Ames, 56829 U.S. HWY 30, Ames, IA, 50010. Everyone is welcome to attend in person or join us online at cornerstonelife.com/live.” Governor Kim Reynolds released the following statement via Facebook: “Tonight’s act of senseless violence claimed the lives of two innocent victims in their place of worship. Kevin and I mourn their families who have suffered an unimaginable loss. And as the investigation continues and we learn more, we ask Iowans to pray for the victims and their families, the members of Cornerstone Church and the entire Ames community.” This is a story in development. KCCI is following the story and will provide updates as they become available. Related:

The Ames community is in shock after a gunman opened fire outside Cornerstone Church.

The shooting took place during Salt Company, a college ministry at church. It was the first summer night of the Cornerstone program.

Officials say three people are dead, including the suspected gunman.

James Stratton and Rheya Spigner were in Ames speaking to community members about the tragic shooting.

KCCI spoke to Kacey Pierce, a college student who went to Cornerstone on Thursday night. He said he and his friends came to church after the shooting happened. The group got out of their car and said they saw others ducking behind their cars. They didn’t know what was happening. Pierce described a few men trying to take charge to protect people and alert people to get away from the scene.

KCCI reporters say the community’s response has been one of disbelief. That such a shooting could happen in an Iowa church.

“To have that happen at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa. If you had told me that a while ago, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. It’s unbelievable, honestly,” Pierce said.

Scott, a Church member with whom KCCI spoke, was not an eyewitness but had prayed with a student who was on the scene. The student had told him that he had resuscitated one of the shooting victims.

“It’s just hard to understand,” Scott said.

“It’s very hard to understand what he just saw of the actual shooting there, and he was trying to resuscitate the one girl. From what he said, the gunman got out and he witnessed him get out of the car and fire. .. and saw that happen and shot another girl as she walked away and then shot herself… It’s just hard to understand,” Scott said.

The Story County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and is expected to last until Friday. They will provide an update on Friday at 10:30 am.

Cornerstone Pastor Mark Vance released the following statement:

“A tragic shooting occurred tonight involving two young members of our Cornerstone Church community. Due to the ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide details at this time. However, we can say that we are more than saddened by the events that have happened. Our hearts break for all concerned, and we pray for all concerned.Our Ministry staff are available to support all concerned, and we will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities as they complete their full investigation.

“We sincerely appreciate the responsiveness of the Story County Sheriff’s Department, Ames PD, and all law enforcement officers who have handled this case with exceptional professionalism and compassion. Please join us in praying for all those affected and their families.

“For anyone interested, we will be holding a prayer service tomorrow, June 3, 2022, at 10:00 AM at Cornerstone Church of Ames, 56829 US HWY 30, Ames, IA, 50010. All are welcome to attend or participate in person. us online at cornerstonelife.com/live.”

Governor Kim Reynolds released the following statement via Facebook:

“Tonight’s act of senseless violence claimed the lives of two innocent victims in their house of worship. Kevin and I mourn their families who have suffered an unimaginable loss. And as the investigation continues and we learn more, we ask Iowans to pray for the victims and their families, the members of Cornerstone Church and the entire Ames community.”

This is a story in development. KCCI is following the story and will provide updates as they become available.

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