Law enforcement officials say two young women were shot to death and the gunman killed himself last night in the parking lot of a church in Ames.

The Cornerstone Church was hosting a regular Thursday night event when the shootings happened shortly before 7 p.m. A youth minister said the congregation is grieving deeply for the women, who were church members, and the church is praying for all involved.

A prayer service is will be held at the church at 10 a.m. and a news conference is scheduled at the Sheriff’s Office in Nevada at 10:30 this morning to provide updates on the shooting. Cornerstone is considered the largest protestant church in Ames. It’s located near the junction of Interstate 35 and Highway 30.