Pastor Shot In Church, Others Injured

KSDK-TV was reporting a shooting Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill. that left the pastor dead, and at least four others wounded.

The suspected gunman allegedly stabbed himself after the shooting as parishioners tackled him. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

The church, located about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis, was holding its first morning service, when the shooting took place at the 8:55 a.m., according to KSDK.

Authorities said Pastor Fred Winters was shot several times and transported by helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. In addition, four others were also 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 needed help with anything.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Mar 9, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    Leave it to a bunch of athiests to think 2 2 = 5. An undefined nut job goes into a church and shoots a innocent pastor and you nitwits get on here and say religion is violent. Idiots.
  • by me Location: nc on Mar 9, 2009 at 06:03 PM
    Now we need police in the Church, this is something. God Bless the family.
  • by Dave on Mar 9, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    Dwayne put down your Bible, be a man, and make your OWN decisions!
  • by Kevin Location: Greenville on Mar 9, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    I'm going to start taking my gun to church. You never know what crazy person may walk in these days. I would really hate to resort to that, but it may help avoid these tragic stories you hear about shooting in church. We all never thought that we would have shootings in schools. Now we have to have Police Officers working in the schools. There is no truly safe place anymore.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 9, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    To Truth: And Jesus said to Peter in the Garden, "Peter put your sword away. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword" Then Jesus healed Malchus' (the Roman soldier) ear which had been cut off. On the cross Jesus said,"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do". That my friend is truth. It is written, "In the last days perilous times shall come". We are there.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 9, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    MrT. Im 100% sure that the ignorant jerks that do this, have NO IDEA what rules are and if they do, they don't care. TRUTH- Good luck in hell.
  • by parish Location: nc on Mar 9, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    This is just the beginning of the end.Things like this are going to start happening every where.It's called the end times
  • by Truth on Mar 9, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    Religion is violent and that just goes to show that God loves violence since this act happened in one of his houses.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 9, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Illinois os one of only 2 states that do not have concealed carry laws. Fortunately the gun jammed or who knows how many would have been killed. MrT...You CAN legally carry concealed in North Carolina churches unless they specifically post otherwise. I would encourage all who can legally carry to do so.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 8, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    Proof once again that criminals don't follow any rules.If you have a concealed carry permit, you can not take it into church with you. At least not here in N.C. But the criminals take thier illegal weapons anywhere they choose.If several members of the church had been armed they MAY have been able to save the Pastor.
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