Pastor slain in Illinois church shooting
A gunman walked down the aisle of a church during a Sunday service, shot and killed the pastor, and then stabbed himself and slashed two other people.
A man walked into First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., during the 8 a.m. service and spoke briefly with The Rev. Fred Winters before pulling a handgun and shooting Winters, Illinois State Police Master Trooper Ralph Timmins told the Associated Press. Four rounds were fired before the gun jammed and the gunman took out a knife and stabbed himself.
Jeff Ross, a lay minister at the church, told USA Today Winters was shot in the heart and neck.
Natalie Head told the Associated Press Winters was pronounced dead at Anderson Hospital, and the two people who were injured trying to subdue the shooter were flown to another hospital.
Timmins said Winters was fatally shot once before the gun jammed. Officials don't know whether Winters and the gunman knew each other. The motives of the attack have not been determined and the name of the gunman has not been released.
According to the church's website, Winters was the former president of the Illinois Baptist State Association and an adjunct professor for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.