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Woman Killed by Estranged Husband at New Jersey Church

Police are looking for a gunman who fatally shot his estranged wife and injured two others in a church vestibule on Sunday as service ended, ABC News reported.

Joseph M. Pallipurath, 27, drove from California to Clifton, N.J. where he opened fire inside St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church, New Jersey’s Star Ledger said.


About 200 people were in attendance, according to The Associated Press.

"Kids were crying. People were screaming," Suja Alummoottil said, according to ABC News. "It was chaotic."

Reshma James, 24, died at St. Joseph’s Medical Center about 4 p.m., Clifton police Detective Capt. Robert Rowan told the Star Ledger.

The other victims, a 47-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, remain in “extremely critical condition,? according to the Star Ledger.

James had a restraining order filed against Pallipurath and had moved to New Jersey to escape her abusive marriage, ABC reported.

The majority of the church is made up of first-generation immigrants from India, The Associated Press said.