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Ky. Pastor And Survivor Of 1999 Church Shooting Reacts To Recent Shooting

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PADUCAH, Ky. (WPSD)-- A Western Kentucky pastor who survived a church shooting in Texas in the 1990s says security needs to be a priority at houses of worship.

Pastor Dax Hughes of Heartland Church in Paducah says Sunday's shooting brings back horrible memories for him.

In 1999, he was a campus minister at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth and survived a deadly shooting there.

In that case, the gunman killed seven people, injured seven others, then turned the gun on himself.

"My sensors kind of go off," Hughes said. "I can almost--to be honest with you--smell the gun power, hear the sounds, and see it again."

Hughes says events like these continue to put life in perspective.

He says every day is a gift and he wants to make sure people don't take it for granted.

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