KSDK-TV was reporting a shooting Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill. that left the pastor dead, and at least four others wounded.
The suspected gunman allegedly stabbed himself after the shooting as parishioners tackled him. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.
The church, located about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis, was holding its first morning service, when the shooting took place at the 8:55 a.m., according to KSDK.
Authorities said Pastor Fred Winters was shot several times and transported by helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. In addition, four others were also shot.
Church Member Ashley Shank, interviewed by KSDK, was not in the church at the time of the shooting but she did talk to others who said the gunman was wearing a hoodie and pulled the weapon out of the hoodie.
Just before the shooting, the pastor had reportedly asked the gunman, who was standing in the aisle of the church, whether he needed help with anything.