3 killed in shooting outside US church

Three people, including the gunman, were killed during a shooting incident outside a church in the US state of Iowa, authorities said.

The incident took place on Thursday evening in Ames, a city in Story County about 50 km north of state capital Des Moines, reports Xinhua news agency.

Taking to Twitter, the Story County Sheriff’s Office said they received multiple calls reporting that a male individual had shot two people in the parking lot of the Cornerstone Church.

There are three people deceased, one of them being the male identified as the shooter, the Office said, adding that the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound.