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Police: Gunman kills 7 at church meeting

Suspect then shot himself to death, chief says


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(CNN) -- A gunman opened fire at a church meeting in a Wisconsin hotel Saturday afternoon, leaving seven people dead or dying before killing himself, police said.

The gunman died from a self-inflicted wound at the scene; four other people also died at the scene, and three died at a hospital.

The shooting occurred in Brookfield, a community of 6,420 people about 15 miles west of Milwaukee.

Of those who were shot, the youngest victim was about 10 years old and the oldest was around 72, Brookfield police Chief Daniel Tushaus said.

Four people remained in hospitals.

None of the victims' names were released. They were members of the Living Church of God, an international evangelical denomination based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tushaus said police responded to a call from the Sheraton Hotel at 12:51 p.m. (1:51 p.m. ET).

"We quickly determined that a multiple shooting had occurred, and the suspect involved apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," the chief said. "There are no other suspects being sought at this time.

"The suspect is the person we believe is responsible for the shooting incident."

Tushaus said the gunman's motive was unknown, and he didn't know if the shooter, who used a handgun, targeted certain people.

Nine-year-old Bridget Healy of Chicago, Illinois, said she heard the shots.

"I just heard a woman screaming 'help.' Someone call 911. Somebody's shot," said Bridget, who said she quickly went to tell her mother.

"My biggest concern was the children. I didn't want them to see anything," Janet Healy said.

She said people moved quickly, and many were visibly upset. She said she approached two men who were crying and said, "I'm sorry."


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