How Many People Died in the Cornerstone Church Ames Shooting?

A shooting outside an Ames, Iowa, church has claimed the lives of three people, one of whom is the suspected gunman.

It happened around 7:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church on US 30 in Ames According to reports, two individuals were shot and killed outside the church by a male gunman.

Cornerstone Church Ames
Cornerstone Church Ames

However, authorities aren’t revealing how the gunman died. At 6:51 p.m., a 911 call was made. An event for college-aged people to gather and worship together was taking place tonight at the church. According to a Facebook post, the party was supposed to start at 7:00 p.m.

Cornerstone Church is a church located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Interstate 35 in Ames, Iowa. The church’s mission statement is “helping people know and obey Jesus”.

In 1994, Cornerstone Church grew out of its beginnings as a ministry for Iowa State University undergraduate students that was affiliated with Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Ames. This ministry had its roots in Cornerstone Church.

Because this college ministry, The Salt Company, was growing to be larger than the congregation of the church, Grand Avenue Baptist Church granted permission for the leaders of The Salt Company to create a new organization that would later be known as Cornerstone Church.