Cornerstone Church shooting – Three dead including shooter after shots fired outside building in Ames, Iowa

THREE people are dead including the shooter after an incident outside of Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa.

Shots were reportedly fired outside of the building just before 7pm local time.

Two women were shot and killed outside of the church by a male gunman, the Story County Sheriff’s Office told WHO 13.

Authorities are not yet saying how the gunman died.

The church was reportedly hosting an event for college-aged students, which was scheduled to begin at 7pm.

A motive for the shooting is not yet known. There is no ongoing threat to the public.

Story County Sherriff's Office Captain Nick Lennie, speaking to local outlet KCCI, said, "There was a program going on."

"We do have other individuals inside the church. We do not have any other information at this point if anybody else was injured in this.

"We are working through the process of investigating this incident and speaking with the others inside the church."

Cornerstone Church is located along Highway 30 on the outskirts of Ames.

Tonight's scheduled event, called Summer Salt, was hosted by The Salt Company at Cornerstone Church of Ames.

The Cornerstone Church was planted by The Salt Company, an Iowa State University ministry, which has been in existence for about 40 years.

On Thursday nights, roughly 1,300 students gather to worship, according to the company's website.

"Our Thursday night gathering is about celebrating Jesus as a family," the website states.

Tonight was scheduled to be the first gathering of the summer.

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