Skip to comments.1 dead in Illinois Church Shooting
Posted on 03/08/2009 10:38:10 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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It's better if the gunman just dies to spare the family the ordeal of a trial. Plus, it's possible that he'd be released early and be out on the street years from now.
A Message About Todays Loss (from the church’s website)
Today, a little after our 8:15 service began, a man entered First Baptist Church and fired several gunshots at our Senior Pastor, Dr. Fred Winters. Pastor Winters was taken to the hospital but died of his wounds.
Please pray for Dr. Winters family, our two brave members who were injured when they stopped the assailant, for the assailant himself and his family, and for our church members as they deal with this tragic loss.
In this day, where uncertainty seems to abound creating an environment in which people are vulnerable in doing things they might not do otherwise, one thing is certain, we, as human beings need a foundation upon which we can live our lives.
We at First Baptist Maryville, along with other Christian believers, share this conviction: that foundation is Gods Word. In the pages of the Book we call the Bible, we find the pathway for peace, hope, and a quality of living life despite what circumstances we find ourselves in.
To those who believe in the power of prayer, we covet your prayers right now.
Our church also has people patrolling the parking lot, but I don’t know what other security measures they have.
I remember things like this happening in the 1970's. Sad as it is I don't think much has changed except that we used to only hear about things like this when it happened in our local area.
It broke my heart to see those smiling faces.
It is my firm belief that this man is with his Lord, now and the eternity he has before him in God’s presence far outweighs anything this world has to offer. Even that beautiful family.
That disagrees with the "5 others transported" to the local hospital (600-700 yards from the Church).
The St. Louis paper has a more recent story.
Police removed gun cases and a computer late this afternoon from the Troy, Ill., home of a man suspected of shooting Pastor Fred Winters at a church about two miles away.
Officials would not comment at the scene, but vehicle records show the home in the first block of Zachary Court is the address of Terry Joe Sedlacek, 27, who co-owns a Jeep Wrangler parked outside the crime scene.
Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent said earlier in the day that the vehicle, which was kept under guard, was believed to have been used by the attacker. Trent described the gunman as a 27-year-old who lives in Troy.
Trent declined to confirm the mans name, pending filing of charges. But a source close to the case confirmed tonight that Sedlacek is the suspect.
The man exchanged a few words with Winters and then opened fire with a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. The first shot hit a Bible, sending paper into the air like "confetti," Trent said. One of three more shots hit Winters in the chest. Nobody else was shot.
Two church members wrestled the attacker down as he slashed them, and himself, with a knife.
I read that as he was being subdued by the two members of the Church, and slashed at them with the knife, and may have gotten stabbed in the melee, rather than deliberately stabbing himself. We'll see.
Sounds like a good plan. It make seem “over the top” until it’s needed. Better to have it and not need it...
I condemn Illinois, because a citizen isn’t allowed to carry a gun - only criminals.
But in this case I don’t know what better security could have done - he started squeezing off shots and the gun jammed. You’d be in condition yellow, see this guy going up, go to condition orange, then when he started shooting you’d be lucky if you could draw, rush and take a bead before it was over.
The news media will generally only release the names of criminals once charges have been filed.
With living victims, identification come when family releases the info. With deceased victims identification is after the family has been notified.
An earlier post mentioned that even protecting the president is difficult under such circumstances, I agree. However, I wonder how the whole thing would’ve played out if the pastor was visibly flanked by friendlies - even from a distance.
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