Skip to comments.5 shot at Illinois church, police say
Posted on 03/08/2009 9:10:56 AM PDT by armymarinemom
(CNN) -- Five people, including a church pastor, were shot inside the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Illinois, a police dispatcher told CNN on Sunday.
The shooting occurred during a church service, the dispatcher said. The suspect was stabbed by parishioners who wrestled him to the ground.
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Prayers for the wounded and families of the injured or killed.
One of the largest churches in the Phoenix metro area recently held a CCW class AT the church. There were more than 120 people in attendance. At first I thought they held the class because of interest and demand, but I wonder now if it might also be a way to help insure something like this doesn’t take place there.
I have been hearing about more and more Church’s having security.
It doesn’t say whether anyone was arrested or whether the perp was carried out dead.
Honestly we have a low crime rate in Maine but a lot of people carry leatherman tools.
That's what I first thought. Now I'm not so sure.
Here's a photo of the pastor and his family from the church's web page.
I'm guessing this isn't one of those thugged-out urban churches.
I couldn’t find a picture of the church at the website, but here’s “Meet our pastor”:
Is the perp’s name Mohammed?
Can’t this be considered terrorism under the new laws of Homeland Security?
You beat me to it.
"You brought a knife to a gunfight?!!"
We go to a large church with multiple services, but they make sure there are people in each service with CCW permits that do carry...some folks are on staff, some just part of the volunteer security detail.
I thought that Illinois gun laws prevented this from happening?
What a nice looking family. Prayers going out to everyone.
Idiot Demoncrats and pastors argued that: "Churches are sancutaries, not armories".
Henry Bowman's of Arkansas should pay everyone in that Senate Sub-Committee a personal little visit.
I can prove, yet again, that liberal "feelings" usually have good intentions, but ALWAYS result in someone being hurt or killed.
We need to ban liberals from church, NOT GUNS.
Illinois gun laws keep people from protecting themselves and as in this case, using knives in a gun fight.
This way, when a criminal decides to completely disregard those laws and, say, shoot up a church, he doesn't have to worry about anyone shooting back.
But that's not a useful defense when the offensive weapon is poison. ;-/
Wonder what the man's name was and if he survived so he can be tried and executed?
Prayers for the innocent victims. Having said that, Illinois is a gun grabber personal defense phobic State with Communist leaders in the government. I am sure none of the congregation had a snowball’s chance because they are law abiding with respect to the State’s ongoing program to make the population defenseless.
Amen. My husband and I switched churches due to a liberal takeover.
screw the gun laws...carry discreetly. We are not victims.
Joining in prayers for the pastor, his family, and the congregation.
Many churches need to beef up their security in these disturbing times.
Thinking it is a country church. Few men around with some pocket knives.
AT 5 PM TODAY, I WILL BE ARMED IN CHURCH!
If I see one of you little weasle legislators in my mega-church, I'll do everything in my power (with God's grace) to NOT spit in your eye or give you the ass whipping you deserve.
In this country, it’s okay to hate Christians, remember?
“We need to ban liberals from church, NOT GUNS.”
Hmm, why don’t you just go to a “conservative” church.
Witnesses report that the pastor was among those 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 or she needed help with anything.
Also was the problem of clicks.
My prayers and good wishes go out to the victims of this violence. Every church-going American needs to understand that this can happen anywhere to any denomination for any reason.
If we are prepared we shall not fear...
I am always discreetly armed even at Mass
Very close to my folks, maybe 30 miles. Scott AFB is nearby, so I wonder if there were any military or retired military in the congregation. Small farm town, maybe 4000 people.
We all need to be armed like the good old days. This would prevent so much crime.
A lot of people who don't live in the big city carry tools with them all of the time. You don't think about being armed you just thing about being prepared to prevent yourself from freezing to death.
Hm, then are you sure you’ve got a big enough weapon?
Great view on Google Earth. Use 7110 Hwy 162, Maryville, IL.
Sat pic must have been taken on a Sunday AM. Lots of cars in parking lot and others coming down the driveway.
Oh how sad. Just look at that lovely family that is now without a father due to someone hating Christ.
God be with his family. So sad.
I bet some in the congregation are retired military.
"Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, Thank God I wasnt on one of those planes. The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference. When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference." - On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
Our Church has security too.
The church we attend has at least three or four armed guards plus another half dozen unarmed church security men at every service. It’s quite a large church with a fairly high profile, and I imagine there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about.
OH my gosh.
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