Skip to comments.Police: Ill. pastor deflected gunshot with Bible
Posted on 03/08/2009 3:52:33 PM PDT by Mikey_1962
A shooting during a morning church service outside St. Louis has left one person dead -- the church's pastor -- and several others wounded, officials said.
The Rev. Fred Winters was at the pulpit at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., at 8:15 a.m. local time today when a man wearing dark clothing approached the pulpit and fired four shots, the first of which hit the pastor's Bible, Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent said at a news conference late today.
One of the shots from the gunman's .45 caliber pistol hit Winters in the chest, killing him, before his gun jammed, said Trooper Ralph Timmins of the Illinois State Police, which is handling the investigation.
After his gun jammed, the shooter injured himself with a knife and subsequently was restrained by parishioners, Timmins said in a "preliminary release" left on his office voicemail recording
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I don’t really understand the point of the story. Since he died anyway it was sort of irrelevant.
For a while.
Rush Limbaugh’s fault? Waiting until that refrain replaces Bush’s fault.
Yes he does.
Unfortunately for this man and his friends and family, the laws of physics that God put in place allowed only one bullet to be deflected by the Bible he held. Three other bullets took the earthly life of this minister.
It looks like he will likely be the only fatality and we may have another media murderer to study while he spends the rest of his life in prison.
Any picture or description of the perp yet?
That was a good reply.
This seems like the new laughable refrain we are going to hear, but there is another more sinister side of this problem. Not that an old solid First B pastor would be teaching this, but the Health/Wealth “Gospel” of the Joel Osteens ilk could present a problem when it doesn’t pay off as “taught” and the guy gave his last IRA dollar to the “ministry” as “Seed money”. We may see enraged followers (not believers) storm these buildings completely infuriated over the failed “promises”.
another media murderer to study while he spends the rest of his life in prison.
“media murderer” — most apropos in defining them
And of course the “rights” of the murderer far outweighs the death of this wonderful human being.
And that, folks is the difference between a religion and a death cult.
This has been a long time to identify the shooter.Could he be a Muslim?What if anything did he say before shooting?
That Bible’s gonna sell for a lot on eBay.
If it was his own personal Bible, it will likely be kept by his widow or buried with him.
...I think the media meant is in disrespect, which is sick...as the pastor has died.
ok islamofasicts: this is a real example of a martyr.
The pastor should know by now as he has met his maker.
“Gunman kills pastor at church near St. Louis”
By JOEL CURRIER and MICHELLE MUNZ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sunday, March 8, 2009
SNIPPET: “The Rev. Fred Winters, said to be in his 40s, died at nearby Anderson Hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.
The attacker, whose identity has not been released, was in serious condition at St. Louis University Hospital, where he was being taken into surgery for treatment of self-inflicted stab wounds.”
SNIPPET: “Timmins said the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol then jammed, and the gunman began stabbing himself with a knife. When members of the congregation moved to subdue him, two of them were slashed. Timmins said they suffered non-life-threatening wounds. They were transferred via helicopters to other hospitals, an Anderson Hospital spokeswoman said.
One of them was identified as Terry Bullard, 39, who underwent surgery at St. Louis University Hospital and was in serious condition, authorities said.”