After a man was killed at a Northridge church on Sunday, the church was rocked by a gunman’s claim that the victim was part of a group of people plotting to attack him.
“We all heard the shots,” said the man who asked not to be identified by name.
“Then all of a sudden the guy just fell down and hit his head on the ground.”
The man said he didn’t hear the shooter’s name but was struck by the suspect’s statement that the suspect was part.
“I said to him, ‘You have a gun?’ and he said ‘Yes,'” he said.
“And I asked him if he wanted to get out, and he replied, ‘Yeah, but you can’t shoot me.'”
The man told ABC News he was standing outside of the church and saw a man fall down.
“I asked him what he was doing, and that’s when I saw him hit the ground and the shooter jumped up, and I saw the gun, so I said, ‘Who shot you?’
He said, yeah, I got his number, he said, and then he walked off. “
The man asked if he had any identification.”
He said, yeah, I got his number, he said, and then he walked off.
“At that point, I just kind of stood there.”
A woman who identified herself as a pastor at the church, said the gunman had been there for a few minutes when he started shooting.
“We all ran to the front door,” she said.
“It was scary.
I mean, I thought we were going to die.”
The suspect’s motive is still unclear.
“The church was very quiet,” said Pastor Kevin Kelleher, who also was at the scene.
“And then the shooting started, and it was just crazy.”
The pastor said the suspect said, “We’re going to kill all of you people.
We’re going down to the south side of the park and we’re going kill all the white people there.”
The shooting happened in the south park of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
The church has more than 5,000 members and has been a site of mass shootings before, including a shooting in 2015 at a church in the city of Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 people dead.
The shooting has reignited debate about the prevalence of gun violence in America.
Gun rights advocates and religious leaders have argued that gun control policies have made it harder for Americans to live a peaceful life.
The shooter was taken to a hospital for treatment.
He was identified by police as a white male in his 20s with a long beard and black hair.
He wore a mask and a bulletproof vest.
“There is no other explanation for this,” a police spokesman said.ABC News’ Mark Gubel contributed to this report.