Illinos church firing

illinois church firing

The gunman, identified by authorities as a 27-year-old from Troy, strode toward the Rev. Fred Winters shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, exchanged words with him, then fired a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol until it jammed. Churchgoers then wrestled him to the ground as he brandished a knife .Winters later died of his injuries.

Winters deflected the first of the gunman’s four rounds with a Bible, sending a confetti-like spray of paper into the air in a horrifying scene worshippers initially thought was a skit.

None of the about 150 worshippers attending the early morning service seemed to recognize the gunman, and investigators did not know details of Winters’ conversation with him .

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