Church went into lockdown after Kansas bar shooting

AP
Published Feb 25, 2017, 9:39 am IST
Updated Feb 25, 2017, 10:16 am IST
Volunteers herded children into the church basement, careful not to scare them, while police officers arrived on the scene.
Church staff members say Austins is a family-oriented business where church members often go with their children to eat. (Photo: Videograb)
 Church staff members say Austins is a family-oriented business where church members often go with their children to eat. (Photo: Videograb)

Olathe: About 60 children were playing at a church across the street from a suburban Kansas City bar when a shooting happened at the tavern earlier this week.

Jeramie Albin, a volunteer for the youth program at First Baptist Church in Olathe, Kansas, said Friday that he didn't think much about a noise that sounded like "somebody dropped a bunch of books." Then he learned about the shooting at Austins Bar and Grill.

 

The church immediately went into lockdown after the shooting on Wednesday. Volunteers herded children into the church basement, careful not to scare them, while police officers arrived on the scene.

For the next 20 minutes, volunteers led songs to distract the children from police lights outside and helicopters overhead.

Church staff members say Austins is a family-oriented business where church members often go with their children to eat.

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