12

31

2015

NJ

As the Priest of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church was putting away hymnals and other items from the evening service, he noticed the doors to the sacristy had been tampered. Opening the doors, the room was filled with smoke. An arsonist had started two fires in the church during worship.

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31

2015

NC

A man walked into the New Years Eve service at Heal the Land Outreach Ministries holding an A/R style rifle in the air as he walked towards the pastor. The pastor came down off the stage & talked the man into handing him the rifle (which the man then claimed was not loaded). The man was later taken away by police.

12

31

2015

AL

A neighbor of the El Tabernaculo Espiritu church became enraged over their New Year’s Eve fireworks and ran over them with his truck, barely missing the youth pastor.

12

27

2015

NC

Upon hearing that a fugitive wanted for kidnapping and robbery was inside the Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, police convened at the site. A deacon came out and they planned means of getting him out of the Sunday morning service without interruption. The man became belligerent in the meantime, and the church began moving people away from him. As police took action, he ran up on stage and around the pastor as police chased him, finally tazing him into compliance.

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23

2015

CA

A transient female entered a church in the mission district (reports vary on which of 2 churches it occurred in) and asked for a key to the restroom. When the church staffer said she didn’t have a key to the restroom, the woman stabbed her and left. The wound is non-life threatening.

12

22

2015

CT

The Stratford First Baptist Church owns a church, rectory & credit union all in the same area. Reports vary as to which of those buildings was robbed that Tuesday night, just as they were closing that day, but I believe it was the Baptist Credit Union. Two men held up multiple people. 1 of them had a handgun, the other may have had a shotgun (again – reports vary).

12

20

2015

KS

Somebody took shots at a 26-year-old man and his 18-year-old brother as they were down the street from the St. Paul United Methodist Church. At least one of the shots hit the Church, but nobody was injured.

12

20

2015

NY

A fight broke out that Sunday night at a basketball game at the Most Holy Rosary Church. One teen was stabbed in the back, but police could not determine who used the weapon. The teen will survive.

12

20

2015

WI

About 11:00 AM that Sunday morning, the congregation of the Church of God in Christ church became disturbed over a man oddly parked on the front lawn. As the church went into lockdown, police negotiated with the man outside trying to get him to exit his vehicle. Suddenly the man floored his SUV heading for the front doors of the church. Quick-thinking and ready police in a Bearcat unit raced it in between the SUV and wedged it between the SUV and the church doors, then tactically removed the man who was having mental issues and was off his medications.

12

16

2015

AR

A truck was taken at gunpoint from a victim in the parking lot of the Menorah Bible Church

12

16

2015

AK

Two people at the Cornerstone Church of God heard something hit the building, went to look and found a bullet hole through the wall and a bullet laying on the floor. Police have no suspects.

12

14

2015

TX

Days after posting social media comments complaining about the Church of Scientology, a woman was observed sitting in her car in a bicycle lane of the church for about 10 minutes while nobody called police or talked to her. Then she raced her car through the front doors of the church as many were inside, busting through the lobby into the nursery area. One of those inside got her tag number as she flipped them the finger and backed out. When told by police nobody was injured she responded that was “too bad.”

12

13

2015

AL

As a parishioner came out of Sunday morning mass, she could hear someone screaming from the trunk of a car. In that trunk a 17-year-old victim was bound with duct tape, suffering from gunshot and knife wounds. Police believe his attacker shot him elsewhere, then left him in the church parking lot.

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11

2015

MO

The Pastor of the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church said there was terror, panic and chaos when over 60 shots rang out in the parking lot of their conference center during a funeral. 80 children in a day care inside the church were put into lockdown as two men shot it out with each other. When it was over one was dead and the other left critical in the hospital.

12

11

2015

CA

As people were worshipping inside the Islamic Center of Palm Springs, they heard a loud noise in the entry way, then saw flames. Everyone got out of the mosque without injury and a 23-year-old man was later arrested and charged for the attack.

12

10

2015

TN

An 18-year-old boy had just finished a music rehearsal in the Destiny Church, then was riding a friend’s hover board outside the church when he was robbed of the hover board, wallet, car keys and a cell phone by two men. One of the men used a knife in the robbery. They had at first struck up a friendly conversation, then surprised him by pulling the knife.

12

8

2015

PA

A custodian at the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy found the body of a 22-year-old male who had been shot multiple times in an exterior walkway between the academy and the church that Thursday morning. A 23-year-old later turned himself in claiming self-defense in a drug deal gone bad.

12

8

2015

MI

Two Monks at the Lao Buddhist Temple saw one of their congregation sleeping in his car in their parking lot. They spoke with him and noticed he seemed depressed, but had no idea he had just killed two people at their home. The monks went about their business, then the man killed himself in the parking lot.

12

7

2015

VA

Multiple law enforcement agencies in the area engaged on a manhunt throughout the weekend looking for a wanted criminal who had shot at an officer attempting to pull him over about midnight on Friday. That Monday morning all schools in the area were closed as police searched for him. He was found in the attic of Redeeming Life Ministries where he had committed suicide.

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6

2015

MI

58-year-old Chung Tran was found unresponsive in the King of God Tabernacle parking lot about 2:00 AM that Sunday morning. He had been robbed and was suffering from significant head trauma. At last report he was in critical but stable condition, but may never recover fully.

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6

2015

WV

A man with prior arrests related to making terrorist threats walked into the Sunday morning services of the New Salem Baptist Church holding a shotgun. He showed the pastor a shotgun shell in his hand claiming that as evidence the gun was unloaded. He was arrested and charged with brandishing a deadly weapon and disrupting a church service. The pastor has solved future danger; he is putting up “no guns allowed” signs.

12

5

2015

OH

3 armed men (all 3 had pistols and 1 also carried a rifle) went on a robbery spree that included the parking lot of the Holy Rosary Church. When the 61-year-old Priest was pistol whipped and knocked to the ground, another parishioner ran to his aid. The thugs saw him and surrounded him demanding everything he had. Then other parishioners began pulling into the parking lot and the three ran off.

12

4

2015

CA

After a man yelled at congregants going into the Islamic Society of West Contra Costa County that he was going to kill them, authorities found a pipe bomb in his home. He has been charged with multiple charges enhanced as a hate crime.

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3

2015

NC

A dad, fed up with his daughter being bullied, found an occasion to let his daughter take the fight to the bullies in the parking lot of Grace Village Church. The beatings the girl gave under her dad’s supervision were violent enough she was charged on assault with a deadly weapon; the weapon being the asphalt surface.

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30

2015

CT

As an 80-year-old lady was walking from the sanctuary to the rectory at St. Thomas Church, a young man overpowered her knocking her to the ground in a robbery. She was taken to the hospital but will survive. The church said they will now start a security program.

11

29

2015

TN

As the Greater Grace Temple Community Church was in Sunday morning worship they heard multiple shots being fired outside. The church went into lockdown and pushed a panic button that automatically called 911. When police arrived they retrieved at least 20 shell casings in the parking lot and 1 car had been hit multiple times.

11

25

2015

CA

An employee of St. Monica’s Catholic Community entered the church to find a woman yelling at her to “get out of my church.” The employee summoned a church security operator who came in and asked the woman to leave. At that point she began to jab at the security operator with scissors. Since nobody else was inside but the woman, he did the right thing & simply backed out, called 911 & let the police deal with her.

11

23

2015

AZ

Police chased a wanted man into the parking lot of the Freeway Baptist Church. When an officer found him hiding in a church stairwell, the man pulled a gun and fired 6 times at the officers. Two officers returned fire and the man was hit and went down surrendering with his injuries.

11

22

2015

NJ

A regular recipient of benevolence of the Mount Calvary United Church of God was a well-known homeless man in the area. On that Sunday afternoon he came into the church and tried to take a 4-year-old girl right off the lap of her father. When the father successfully resisted, the man ran off & was quickly arrested.

11

18

2015

TX

A man chose the yard of the Unitarian Universalist Church to kill himself. Neighbors found him slumped over next to a tree where he had shot himself.

11

18

2015

OH

Rarely has a news story been cloaked with as much secrecy as this case where a 2-year-old died a suspicious death in the King of Glory church. Authorities only say it is suspicious how the man caring for the child claimed he was at the other end of the church when he heard a noise and found the child had fallen from the stage. At best, it is negligent homicide.

11

18

2015

OH

Police were called to the Philippus United Church of Christ on a report of gunfire. They discovered a 22-year-old male had been shot in the leg. The shooting happened through the front door of the church, after an argument at a basketball game inside. The shooter was outside the door and the victim was inside when he was struck in the leg.

11

16

2015

GA

A 42-year-old man took his 12-year-old special needs son (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy) to the 1st Baptist Church where he slit his throat killing him. The dad then attempted suicide on himself but was not successful with his self-stabbing.

11

16

2015

TN

A Sheriff’s deputy responded to the Mt. Zion Church where a welfare check had been requested on a man who was there and acting strange. A fight broke out between the deputy and the man, and the deputy shot him. The whole case is very secret, including the current condition of the man who was shot.

11

15

2015

MI

A long-standing feud between factions of the Sikh Temple erupted in a melee of about 30 people involved in a fight in the temple that Sunday afternoon. Kirpans (long curved daggers carried by Sikhs as part of their religion) came out & several people were injured, one woman by being cut on her hand & many were punched.

11

14

2015

CT

Hours after the Paris attacks a 48-year-old man shot at least 4 holes through the walls of the Baitul Aman Mosque with a pistol and a rifle from his home nearby.

11

14

2015

GA

More than 100 congregants were gathered inside the LDS church on a Saturday evening when a man and under-aged girl burst through the doors asking for dry clothes and food. Right behind them the law enforcement officers who had been chasing them came in. Police were yelling at terrified people running out of the church to get their kids down, then the congregants heard gunfire inside. Officers shot the man and had to Taser the girl. At last report the male offender was still critical condition.

11

12

2015

GA

52-year-old Martha Emory was working alone on a Thursday in the Fairburn United Methodist church as her infant child slept in a crib nearby. About 09:00 AM a young teenage boy knocked on the locked church door. She opened it and he asked if he could use a phone to call his mom. She let him in. He made a call, then turned around and attacked her with a baseball bat as he demanded her car. She was hospitalized with serious injuries but will survive. The child wasn’t hurt.

11

10

2015

IN

An 8-day crime spree by three thugs culminated in the home of the pastor of the Resonate Church. Pastor Blackburn was gone that morning, but his 28-year-old pregnant wife (Amada) was at home with their toddler when the 3 entered through an unlocked door. They brutally assaulted her, then shot and killed her.

11

8

2015

NJ

An unknown person(s) fired a shotgun through the heavy oak doors of St. James Catholic Church. The church was shocked that anyone would do such a thing.

11

8

2015

VA

Around 11:00 that Sunday morning, officers from multiple federal agencies stormed a home of 3 men who were ready to carry out attacks against area Jewish synagogues and black churches. The men were operating as part of the Asutra Faith (white supremacy radical). Area churches had already been stepping up security without even knowing what danger was brewing in their area.

11

7

2015

TN

A continuing saga of domestic abuse played out in the parking lot of the Grace Bible Baptist Church. That is where a man with a lengthy record (and still on probation) showed up to confront a car-full of people he had grievances with. When the pastor approached them, the man pointed the gun at the pastor and threatened him, so he walked away and called 911. Then the man shot multiple times into the car, wounding 2 while 2 others were unhurt.

11

1

2015

FL

As a woman pulled into a church parking lot to drop a hitchhiker off where he had asked, the hitchhiker instead produced a gun and demanded wallets and cell phones from her teenage daughter in the van. The woman instead began screaming and laying on her horn as she tried to get someone’s attention. Since the church parking lot was empty, she drove to a nearby Walgreen’s and one man did approach the vehicle which caused the gunman to exit and run off.

11

1

2015

SC

2 angry men and 2 angry women came to the Divine Deliverance Worship Center to confront the senior pastor. When a church member tried to prevent the mob from entering, they beat him and forced their way on through locked doors until they got their confrontation with the pastor which also turned physical. All 4 of the mob have been hit with a multitude of felony charges. The pastor (or the first victim – reports vary) was taken by ambulance from the church but will recover.

11

1

2015

AR

A teenager left the Sunday morning service to go out to his mom’s car and hook his cell phone up to the charger. A man approached him out there with a gun and demanded the cell phone.

11

1

2015

AL

Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church now plans to have security since one of their congregants was held up at gunpoint in their parking lot. The robber got away with the victim’s car. The pastor said it affected everyone in the church. Yes sir. It does.

10

28

2015

AL

A man pulled up to 4 people in the parking lot of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in what police say was a car he had jacked at gunpoint from the same area. He pulled a gun on the people and demanded all their valuables. A license plate isn’t as helpful when the car is jacked.

10

26

2015

LA

The pastor of From Bondage to Freedom Church left his car running and ran into his church for a brief moment. When he came out, a man was climbing into his car. The pastor jumped into his wife’s nearby car and gave chase, until the man pulled a gun on him.

10

25

2015

IL

Two women were leaving the New Horizon Community Church Sunday service when a man approached them with a gun in the parking lot. He held the gun to the head of an infant one of them was holding as he had them give him all their valuables. The News report described it as “shocking … at a place you would least expect it.”

10

23

2015

GA

Two men decided the parking lot of the Lakewood Baptist Church would be a good place to work out their personal differences. The fight escalated and one of the men shot the other. The church wanted everyone to know there were no children in the church at the time.

10

18

2015

NY

Sunday School at St. Patrick’s Church was put into lockdown as police negotiated with a suicidal man in the parking lot. The man surrendered his box cutter and suicide plans after 3 hours of negotiations.

10

18

2015

FL

A Federal Corrections Officer was angry that another man was moving into his failed romance. He followed his ex-girlfriend and their daughter to the Real Life Church. When he saw them walking into church with another man, he attacked the other man by choking him to the ground.

10

18

2015

MI

A 25-year-old man was angry at the pastor of the City of God Church because of the pastor’s relationship with the man’s wife. After posting on Facebook that he would show up at his former church “WITH THE TRUTH”, he showed up with a brick and confronted the pastor (who had been his mentor for many years) in front of the congregation gathered for Sunday service. The pastor pulled a gun and killed him. The pastor was initially arrested, but no charges were booked as it became a clear matter of self-defense.

10

17

2015

TX

An angry man was asked to leave the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses building that Saturday after interrupting their meeting. He returned and began breaking car windows in the parking lot. When confronted, he cut one of the church leaders, and knocked another to the ground with a tire iron. He was arrested shortly after the attack.

10

16

2015

NY

An angry man with psychotic issues was asked by the staff of the Holy Child Roman Catholic Church to stop walking across their property on a Thursday. The next day he returned with an ax and threatened a worker at the church. When arrested, he had the ax, 3 daggers, a large knife, a sword & a bb gun with a laser sight. The man’s mother says her son is just “misunderstood.”

10

14

2015

MN

As congregants were gathered for the Wednesday night worship service at the New Bethel Baptist Church, they heard shots outside. Then a young man came into the church and collapsed. He was dead from the gunshot wounds. It appears gang related – probably the Black P. Stones.

10

13

2015

AR

After threatening to kill people at the West Plains AR Faith Assembly Church, a 32-year-old man drove away when the pastor indicated to him that he was armed. He was arrested and found to be in possession of a knife, marijuana and methamphetamines.

10

13

2015

CO

A 21-year-old college student chose the parking lot of a Church to commit suicide.

10

11

2015

NY

The parents of two brothers (17 & 19-years-old) got others to help as they beat the boys for hours inside the “sanctuary room” of the Word of Life church in an attempt to force them to confess sins. The 19-year-old died from blunt force trauma to his genitals, abdomen, thighs and back. His little brother was hospitalized in serious condition. Both parents, the boys’ sister and 3 other church members were arrested. More arrests were expected.

10

10

2015

FL

A homeless man with a long record and a short temper became enraged when another man asked for his crackers while eating a free meal at St. Georges Church. The attacker threw a bottle of hot-sauce so hard it knocked the man unconscious, and when another man attempted to intervene he hit him in the throat sending both victims to the hospital. He was arrested for battery with a deadly weapon and other charges.

10

9

2015

GA

Naomi King is the 80-year-old widow of the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s brother (A.D. King). She lives in a retirement home owned by the non-profit charity “National Church Residences” where thugs attempted to carjack her that Friday. She was able to get away and was released from the hospital later from the hit she took from one of the attackers. Now she and others are wanting the NRC to increase security. Naomi’s Mother-in-Law (Dr. King’s mother) was killed in a church shooting on 6/30/1974 in Atlanta.

10

7

2015

AL

A 12-year-old boy who attended the Triumph Faithland Outreach Ministry church, set fire to it as people were in the Wednesday night worship service. An ATF investigation was launched and he was arrested as a juvenile.

10

7

2015

MD

A man’s body was found behind the Northeast Baptist Church. He had suffered so much trauma that police could not tell if he had been shot, cut, bludgeoned or a combination of all sorts of deadly force. They only said, “whoever killed him meant to kill him.”

10

5

2015

MO

A 43-year-old man used a knife to hold up two women in the parking lot of the Broadway Christian Church around 8:30 that Monday evening. He stole one of their vehicles in the process and was caught that same night.

10

2

2015

AZ

Police responded to a domestic violence call, but the husband had left by the time they got to the home. Police caught up to him in the parking lot of the Shiloh Christian Ministries. He opened fire on them, and they returned fire killing him.

10

1

2015

MS

A man has been charged in the armed robbery, kidnapping and sexual battery of two women he attacked in the parking lot of the Cathedral AME Zion Church. The church issued a statement that they were shocked such a thing could happen in their parking lot.

9

30

2015

MO

On that Wednesday, Pea Ridge Community Church discovered nine bullet holes in their building. One had gone into the nursery.

9

29

2015

MI

A 17-year-old was charged with attempted murder, and two friends charged with other violent crimes after the 17-year-old shot a man about 3:00 that Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of the St Isidore Catholic Church. The victim will survive.

9

27

2015

OH

Police believe a man attempted suicide at the soccer field behind the Crossroad Community Church. That is where they found him with what appeared to be a self-inflicted non-fatal gunshot wound. Many were at the church getting ready for a soccer game when the shooting occurred.

9

25

2015

PA

As the Emmaus Ministries was occupied by others preparing to serve the community, a homeless man maliciously set fire to the building which spread quickly. Everyone got out without being hurt, and the man was arrested. He was a regular recipient of the church’s benevolence.

9

25

2015

ID

A 24-year-old man was arrested after he told a counselor he had plans to bomb the LDS Church. At his home, law enforcement found 6 fairly sophisticated bombs, a pistol and a journal with detailed plans against the LDS and other faiths.

9

24

2015

IN

Someone abandoned a 12-hour-old infant outside the Christ’s Way Christian Church. The pastor’s wife heard the baby who was behind the church dumpster with his umbilical chord still attached. There are Safe Haven laws for giving up a baby in Indiana. Leaving it behind a dumpster at a church is not among the legal ways to do so. This baby will survive.

9

23

2015

MD

A man was trying to obtain prescription drugs illegally when police arrived at a drugstore and he ran. They caught up to him in the parking lot of the Word of Life Church. Police fired on him as he rushed them with his hand behind his back, then swung it around as if bringing a gun to position. He died at the scene.

9

20

2015

AL

Oasis Tabernacle Church pastor Bob Carswell (61) and others jumped on an angry gunman as he opened fire on the front row of the church during service. The attacker shot his ex-girlfriend in the head, and her infant son in the hand. The pastor was also shot in the leg and bit by the attacker who they were able to hold down for police. All victims will live.

9

20

2015

TX

Pastor Taifiq “Tai” Forney of the Mayfield Baptist Church had a reputation and passion for helping the homeless in his community. He left early that Sunday morning  and was gunned down and killed in his car about 7:30 AM by a troubled man with a lengthy criminal history.

9

18

2015

MN

As a crowded funeral ended at the New Salem Church, gunfire erupted in the parking lot. Funeral attendees dived and scurried for cover, and nobody was hit in gunfire. It is believed to be related to the Black P. Stones gang

9

18

2015

MS

A man and his son were test driving a car to buy, and pulled into the well-lit parking lot of the Relevant Empowerment Church (across the street from the Police Station) to check out something on the car. Three masked men in another car drove up, pulled guns on them and punched one of them in the face, before taking everything they had. They would have taken the car too, but couldn’t get it to start.

9

18

2015

NC

Staff at the United Methodist Church Pre school and Day Care facility were concerned about a woman wondering around the property. When they approached her, she became belligerent and left but fired a gun out of the sunroof as she drove out of the parking lot. Nobody got a tag number.

9

17

2015

AL

A man who had just been released from prison was found dead at the Rushing Springs Baptist Church. A groundskeeper found him about 9:30 PM that Thursday night. He had been killed there some time earlier by gunshot.

9

14

2015

MN

A man was seen as he walked along the roof of the Lutheran Church. When he saw that he was discovered, he pulled a knife and threatened the man who saw him. The man then watched him leave, but watched him enter a home further down the road. He was arrested at that home for burglary, and for threatening the man at the church with the knife.

9

13

2015

FL

The Fathers Heart Fellowship church was so badly torn up by bullets that the front doors had to be boarded up. No arrests as of press time.

9

13

2015

TX

An Islamic man decked out in military clothing (complete with a helmet, tactical vest and canteen swinging from 782 gear) came to the Corinth Church that Sunday afternoon and asked to see the pastor. A deacon took him right up to the pastor. The pastor used de-escalation skills learned when he was a parole officer to calm the man down as he yelled about God authorizing him to kill infidels. The man left, but was arrested a short time later and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

9

12

2105

SC

A 74-year-old woman was gardening at the Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church when thugs ganged up on her. One of them choked her until she was unconscious., then they stole her car. The men were arrested and 1 charged with attempted murder. The church said nothing like this had ever happened before so they would discuss it at their next elder's meeting.

9

11

2015

NY

62-year-old Francesco Bove was a contractor working on the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. When he stopped by to check the work, a woman who didn’t even know him ordered her two Pit-Bulls to attack him. He was taken down by the dogs as many rushed to his aid. Father Jonathan Morris rushed out of the church and took off his shirt to wrap up the injured man who was so close to death that he administered last rites, but made Bove promise to keep fighting for life. Bove is expected to survive.

9

11

2015

KY

A 76-year-old man in the food benevolence line at the Temple of Faith Baptist Church became angry with others in the line. He pulled a pistol and began pointing it at others in anger. He was arrested and it became apparent he had done this at least two other times in the past at the church.

9

10

2015

DE

A man was shot beside the front steps of the Miracle Tabernacle COGIC Church. At last report he was in serious condition with multiple gun shot wounds in his torso.

9

9

2015

AL

At least 7 bullet holes were found in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. One had gone through the exterior and lodged in a pew.

9

8

2015

OH

The St Aloysius Church has gates into the parking lot and a fence around the property. At 6:30 PM on that Tuesday however, the gates were open for convenience as congregant’s children played in the parking lot. A few doors down, an undercover agent had a man stopped, who suddenly rammed the agent’s vehicle with his car and took off, racing through the church parking lot without hitting any children.

9

7

2015

VA

A man was shot during a robbery that took place in the parking lot of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. It occurred about 2:00 on that Monday afternoon. At last report the man was in serious condition but expected to live.

9

5

2015

IA

Raymond Ursino was strangled to death in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church. A man was arrested, but then set free due to a lack of evidence.

9

5

2015

NY

About 5:30 that Saturday AM, someone threw a Molotov Cocktail through the front doors of the  Chapel at CrossPoint. The building automated sprinkler system put out the fire and the total damage was about $10,000.

9

2

2015

SC

Expert negotiations from a trained team of Rock Hill Police negotiators resulted in a woman not committing suicide. Police had responded to the First Presbyterian Church, where a woman had positioned herself three stories above the street below with plans of jumping to her death from the bell tower.

9

1

2015

NC

A 25-year-old woman was standing with friends outside the Gethsemane True Vine Holiness Church at 6:30 that Tuesday morning. A car drove up and an occupant shot her in the leg. She was taken to the hospital with the non life-threatening wound.

9

1

2015

PA

A newborn baby was left in the restroom of the Moosic Presbyterian Church sometime between Sunday and Monday of that week, and finally discovered on Tuesday. The child was taken to the hospital and will survive. Though the intentions may have been good, the chances of a newborn not being found before death are high in a church that is often unoccupied for days at a time. In most states (New York being an unusual exception) a church is not among safe haven sites for obvious reasons. Low information mothers are often wrong in their assumptions regarding such.

8

30

2015

IA

A 42-year-old man angry over custody of their 7-year-old special needs child caught up to his wife on the steps of the First Reformed Church. As she held the child he pinned her against the wall with his hand over her throat. He spent only 2 days in jail and a $625.00 fine was suspended.

8

30

2015

NC

Police responded to the reports of shots fired around 3:00 AM that Sunday morning. They recovered 18 spent shell casings in the street, but did not know until later where many of the bullets had struck. As the congregation of Lewis Chapel Baptist Church began arriving for morning services, they found many bullet holes in the church.

8

28

2015

UT

Responding to a concerned 911 call from the family members of a suicidal and delusional man, police found him in the parking lot of an LDS church. The man was high on drugs, engaged the police with his handgun and died when police returned fire.

8

26

2015

OK

Church of the Living God pastor Ken Norman was preparing for Wednesday night service when he heard noises in the church kitchen. A man missing from a local corrections facility was rummaging through the kitchen. The pastor pulled a concealed weapon and held the man at gunpoint for law enforcement. Upon hearing sirens, the man got up and ran, and the pastor fired one warning shot into the air. The man was found hiding soon after by an alert homeowner in the area. The pastor was legally carrying his handgun.

8

20

2015

OK

The pastor of the Southpark Community Church witnessed 4 people assaulting a young teenager by holding a gun on him as they beat and robbed him. The pastor confronted them, running them off the church property. He also got their license plate number.

8

20

2015

NM

A 46-year-old man accused another of having an affair with his wife, shooting him multiple times. The angry husband then drove to the Faith Lutheran Church where had been a member some years before and fatally shot himself in the parking lot.

8

19

2015

NC

A 44-year-old man called 911 from the Maple Grove Baptist Church, claiming that 4 people had been shot in the church. When officers arrived, a standoff erupted between he (in the church) and them (in the parking lot). He fired his 20 gauge several times at the police, then came walking out refusing their demands that he drop the shotgun. He walked right up to officers and raised the shotgun as if he were going to shoot them and they returned fire killing him.

8

19

2015

AZ

A 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with 2 counts of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he was reported as using a knife to threaten a woman he was arguing with.  But when the Church of Christ people approached them in the parking lot, he turned on them with the knife.

8

18

2015

D.C.

Around noon that Tuesday, close to the outstretched arms of a Jesus statue at the St Luke Roman Catholic Church, a 21-year-old was gunned down. This was the 95th homicide of the year in a city where “no guns are allowed.”

8

17

2015

IN

Two men were arguing in the parking lot of the Penick-Messiah A. M. E. Zion Church as people were inside worshipping. One of the men got in his car and tried to run the other man over, missing him but hitting the church so hard the vehicle was totaled.

8

16

2015

FL

A convicted sex offender held a gun to the head of a woman in the parking lot of the Crossroads United Methodist Church demanding she give up her car at around 10:30 that Sunday morning. The man was caught later after a police chase in which he threw an airsoft gun out of the stolen vehicle. It may or may not be the gun used in the car-jacking.

8

16

2015

NE

20 and 22-year-old thugs came up behind a 76-year-old woman as she was reading the church newsletter in the lobby of the St Cecilia Cathedral. They jerked her purse away, then sucker punched her, causing her to fall and hit her head on a table as she fell. She will survive, the 2 hoodlums were arrested as well as one of their mother’s for harboring them.

8

16

2015

PA

A 75-year-old man was collecting cans that morning outside the New Birth United Methodist when teenage boys ganged up on him. Their unprovoked attack was vicious as they beat him, leaving him in the hospital.

8

16

2015

NY

A 35-year-old man was shot multiple times as he was standing beside a lady friend about 7:45 that Sunday morning outside the Upper Room Baptist Church. The man died and no arrests have been made.

8

15

2015

UT

A fight broke out at a house party, then the group left. They reconvened their fight about midnight in the parking lot of the Granger Christian Disciples of Christ church. A 37-year-old man was shot there but will survive. No arrests as of press time.

8

15

2015

MO

A man by the name of Jesus Dominguez dressed and acted as a woman – even taking on a woman’s name. He was found murdered in the parking lot of the Bethel Assembly of God Church. He had been ran over multiple times.

8

15

2015

MS

Two thugs stopped at the New Horizon International Church in a car they had stolen. An off-duty officer asked them what they were doing and they said they needed a bathroom. When they left, they exchanged heated words with the officer, then fired a gun in the air as they drove out. A police pursuit followed and the thugs crashed, one of them dying in the crash.

8

14

2015

NM

On that Friday, a groundskeeper for the First Presbyterian Church found an explosive device and called law enforcement. An investigation indicated the intact pipe bomb was rigged with the same trigger device as the two that exploded on 8-2-15.

8

14

2015

TX

When a security guard went to investigate an intrusion alarm at the Polk Street Methodist Church, a burglar came running out of one of the doors. The guard exited his vehicle and the burglar overpowered him, then stole his vehicle. The guard caught up to him and the fight continued, but the burglar got the guards gun away from him and fired two shots before fleeing again. The thief had not been caught as of press time.

8

11

2015

CA

In what appears to be suicide, police found the body of a man outside the New Life Christian Alliance Church. Some reported that a church gardener found the man, and there was a firearm laying close by.

8

11

2015

OK

A Molotov Cocktail was thrown at the Calvary Baptist Church., but failed to ignite. No arrests as of press time.

8

10

2015

AZ

A police officer pulled a 24-year-old over for speeding. That 24-year-old had a history of run-ins and had told his girlfriend he would not go back to prison. As the officer was between his motorcycle and subject's jeep in the parking lot of the Wonderful Mercy Church, the subject reversed his jeep knocking the officer down. At the end of the reverse, the subject put his jeep back in forward and came at the officer again who, fearing for his life, shot multiple times killing the subject.

8

10

2015

CO

A 17-year-old boy called 911 a little after 9:00 that Monday night saying there was a man in the United Methodist Church with a gun. The caller then said he couldn’t talk more and hung up. When police arrived, they discovered the caller sitting alone inside. After dialogue and establishing rapport, the officers discovered there was no gun but the teen himself had issues and a knife. They convinced him to lay down the knife and surrender.

8

9

2015

MD

3 teens jumped a man at his car in the parking lot of the New Horizon Christian Faith Church. They beat the man severely, and then took his car. The man was hospitalized with serious injuries but will survive. All three teens were arrested.

8

9

2015

NM

The pastor of the Greater St. John Church of God had been getting regular text and other threats from an old acquaintance, but those threats had not included sufficient evidence for arrest. Then on that Sunday morning the man showed up with a knife and threatened the pastor again. That time there was sufficient evidence to arrest him.

8

6

2015

NC

As an 18-year-old was waiting to play soccer with others at the Kerr Street United Methodist Church, he was approached by 3 males who robbed him. The robbers produced a gun and began shooting at the boy who was hit with shrapnel and treated for the non fatal wounds. 2 of the 3 were caught and arrested.

8

4

2015

CA

A homeless man decided to check the contents of a stroller he had seen the day before left at St. Agnes Church. To his surprise there was a baby with an umbilical chord still attached, by then too weak to move. Authorities were called and the baby was taken to a hospital where it recovered. Safe surrender laws in the area allow an infant with no signs of abuse and younger than 3 days old to be left at police or fire stations but not at churches (many of which are occupied only on Sunday’s).

8

2

2015

FL

Pastor Les Snodgrass led the small congregation at The Door Christian Fellowship Church. In the middle of his Sunday sermon a man that had been coming to church erupted with obscenities and drew a gun on pastor Snodgrass’s 76-year-old mother. The pastor was able to position himself within striking distance of the attacker, and suddenly launched a counter attack that quickly neutralized the attacker who was also armed with a knife.

8

2

2015

NM

Homemade bombs went off at both the Holy Cross Catholic & Calvary Baptist churches that Sunday AM. Another unexploded device was located by authorities at the 1st Presbyterian Church later (see 8/14/15 incident). After months of investigations, the bomber(s) remains unknown. Nobody was hurt in the explosions.

8

2

2015

RI

A man posted a sale of i-phones on Craigslist & a caller asked him to meet at the parking lot of St. Matthews Church. When the seller arrived, there were two men. As they talked, one of the men grabbed the seller from behind in a chokehold as the other beat him demanding the phones. 14-year-old robbers were arrested.

7

30

2015

CO

A man described by police as “drunk and incensed” stabbed his estranged wife, then held a knife to her throat forcing her to say her last prayers in the parking lot of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church where she was a regular parishioner. An armed employee of the church witnessed the attack and pulled a gun warning the ex-husband to drop his knife. Upon seeing the gun, the attacker fled but was caught by police a short distance away. The woman was expected to survive after receiving emergency surgery, and police are crediting the armed rescuer for intervening.

7

29

2015

CO

About 08:00 that Wednesday AM, people by the New Life Bible Church called police upon hearing a gunshot. When police arrived, they discovered a 21-year-old male at the church suffering from a non-fatal gunshot wound. The victim would not disclose who shot him. Police believe the case to be drug related.

7

28

2015

TX

Church of New Beginnings senior pastor Benny Holmes was sleeping in the church office when he heard a noise in the church. Upon investigation he discovered a burglar with a box of electronics. He ordered the burglar to stop and put down the box, but the burglar instead rushed the pastor. Fearing for his life, the pastor fired once hitting the man in the shoulder, then holding him there until police arrived. The man will survive, and the pastor was not charged.

7

26

2015

MD

A30-year-old man staying at the Anna Prayer Mountain Church Recreation Center called police on 7/25/15 to complain about the church’s cooking. The next day the man stabbed the cook and his wife in the sanctuary of the facilities. The husband died at the scene. His wife was transported in serious condition but survived.

7

26

2015

KY

A 60-year-old congregant of the Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church was bitten during a snake-handling service. He died after refusing treatment. This is a deadly force incident because the church should always be charged with negligent homicide (at the very least), even though they often are not charged with anything.

7

25

2015

AR

Two men attending a funeral at the Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church got into an argument after the funeral. One of the men shot the other as the 2 were in the parking lot, then fled the scene.

7

24

2015

SC

5 bullet holes were discovered in a stained glass window at the Mount Sinai Evangelistic Church of Jesus Christ. This was the third church found in the area in as many days with bullet holes.

7

23

2015

TN

A man refused to pay a prostitute for sex, then parked his car at St. John’s Lutheran Church & went for a jog after he left her. When he returned to his car it had a flat tire. As he changed the tire, the woman and a male friend showed up and beat him severely with a tire iron. The man is expected to live. She was arrested, her male accomplice had not been as of press time.

7

23

2015

SC

9 bullet holes were discovered that Thursday morning at the James Island United Congregational Church. This church is just one mile from the Charleston church hit the day before with gunfire, and both are close to Emanuel AME.

7

22

2015

NY

A 27-year-old lady was just getting out of her car to volunteer her services at the 441 Ministries when she was struck in the arm with a bullet. She heard the shots, but thought it was fireworks until she was hit. The church shut down it’s children’s program for the rest of the week as the investigation continued.

7

22

2015

SC

Someone shot 4 holes through the Bethel African Methodist Church. This church is 5 miles from Emanuel AME where 9 were killed (see 6/17/15 massacre)

7

19

2015

MD

A retired D.O.J. Counsel served as a Deacon at Immanuel's Church, but was gone that Sunday when a man he had a restraining order against from years before showed up asking for him after having driven there from Mississippi. Upon learning his intended target was not there, the man went into a restroom of the 4,000 member mega-church where he shot and killed himself during the time between the two morning services. Federal authorities had alerted the intended target that the man was heading to Maryland, but no record shows that anyone at the church was told anything about the situation. If anyone had been told -- it wasn't the people who were sure to (and did) encounter him when he was asking questions.

7

11

2015

LA

A 34-year-old man got into an argument with his brother at a wedding. The brother left, so the 34-year-old got into his vehicle in a rage to pursue him. In the process, he struck and killed 75-year-old Robert Sarpy who was trying to get into his car in the parking lot of the St. Rita Church. He was arrested for murder.

7

9

2015

SC

A young woman went to buy drugs from a local dealer, but when he demanded sex too, she walked away. The man brought a group of friends and caught up to her in the parking lot of the York Church of God. With one friend wielding a baseball bat, and him holding a gun to her head he told her if she called the police he would kill her.

7

9

2015

WI

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after he and another boy used a gun as they robbed a victim of his phone at St. Andrews Church.

7

9

2015

IL

17-year-old Kimythe Hubbard was gunned down and killed in the back yard of the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.

7

5

2015

OR

A man and wife had been having trouble, when she took him to church with her at the West Salem Christian Church. She did not want him to sit with her, but he insisted causing a scene. He left the church when asked to, but then showed up with a gun as she was walking to her car in the parking lot afterwards. As he held the gun to her head threatening to kill her, the pastor convinced him to give up the gun.

7

5

2015

CA

78-year-old Mary Tassone was unlocking the St. Patrick Parish church doors for Sunday morning mass when she was attacked by a 50-year-old man. He beat her brutally leaving her with brain injuries, then stole her car. At last report she was still in intensive care and unable to speak. He had been seen hanging around the church for a week prior to the attack, making people nervous.

7

2

2015

NM

A man running from police had a blow-out during the pursuit, so he ditched that car and headed into the parking lot of the Netherwood Church of Christ just as the Wednesday night service was letting out and congregants were getting into their cars. He tried to jack 2 cars at the church, using a knife at the 2nd one driven by an older couple. Police closed in on him in the midst of that attempt and took him into custody.

6

28

2015

CA

A scuffle in the parking lot of an LDS church turned bad when someone in the fight produced a gun. Two were shot and a 3rd person was beaten. All are expected to survive. The shooting happened just as church was letting out and families were coming into the parking lot.

6

24

2015

TX

Two men were behind the Unity Church of San Antonio, when a vehicle with three others pulled in around 2:00 PM that Wednesday afternoon. Those in the vehicle robbed those behind the church, pulling a rifle in the process and shooting one of the victims in the abdomen leaving him in critical condition.

6

22

2015

NJ

People reported shots fired around 1:30 that Monday morning. When police arrived at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church they found cartridges in the parking lot. An 18-year-old was arrested shortly afterwards whose gun matched the live cartridges discovered at the scene.

6

21

2015

MO

A man was seen chasing 21-year-old Edmund Dill through the streets. Shots were heard as the killer caught him on the property of the 2nd New Zion Missionary Baptist Church which is where police found him dead from 2 gunshot wounds.

6

20

2015

D.C.

53-year-old Joel Johnson was a hard-working well-liked man in Washington D.C. His family and friends had no idea he had lost his home and was living under the portico of St. Luke’s Mission (ran by Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church). That is where someone stabbed him in the head & neck killing him.

6

19

2015

OK

A woman was cleaning the Sullivan Village Church of Christ and took the trash out behind the church. Three men approached her demanding cash which she did not have. One held a knife on her, while another pointed a pistol at her as they began to sexually her. The three ran off before it turned worse.

6

17

2015

SC

A 21-year-old drop-out / drug addict had just the right brain-power to be impressed by Aryan Nation nonsense. The thug decided to attack a peaceful Wednesday night Bible study at the Emanuel A.M.E. church. After being welcomed into their study group, he sat with them for approximately 1 hour, stating later they were so good to him he almost changed his mind. In the end, he stood up with a .45 ACP handgun and executed them one by one until 9 were dead. His intentions to start a race war were squelched by remarkable de-escalation of the victim community.

6

16

2015

UT

A woman thought she was being taken on a date, but the date drove her to the parking lot of an LDS church where he began to demand sex in exchange for keeping quiet on photos of her. She refused and he head-butted her and tried to rape her but she fought furiously. He got her in the back seat and locked the child lock doors and took off with her. She was able to make a 911 call and police stopped the vehicle and rescued her.

6

16

2015

TN

The music was so loud in the St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church that nobody heard the gunshots outside around 8:00PM that Tuesday evening. But when the service was over they could see the bullet hole through their door. Now the church is considering security.

6

15

2015

MA

A 17-year-old boy was shot multiple times outside Springfield Wesleyan Church about 3:45 PM that Monday afternoon. The fact that the teen is uncooperative suggests a gang component.

6

15

2015

VA

Shiloh Baptist Church pastor Hugh Mayes and his wife (Carol) had taken in a 21-year-old troubled man into their home for months. Then he stabbed them one night, took $800.00 and their car and fled the area. The couple was airlifted to a hospital when they were found and are expected to survive.

6

15

2015

GA

As children were outside the Perfect Church, illegal street racers were racing down the street that goes by the church. One of the street racers lost control, going into the church property. He hit two of the children (one 7 and one 15-years-old) and the car ended up striking the church. The children will survive.

6

14

2015

AL

Political tensions have been high for some time at the Saint Union Baptist Church. Whatever the ongoing issues are, when some showed up for service on that Sunday, they were met at the door with one of the aggrieved parties waving a knife blocking their entrance. A fight broke out, and 2 people were cut and another hit over the head with a chair.

6

10

2015

MA

3 members of the Ahiska Turkish American Cultural Center and Mosque were present when 5 masked men entered. The attackers ransacked the center, throwing rocks and smashing windows in what could have easily gotten some of the members seriously hurt or worse.

6

9

2015

OH

The badly decomposed body of 30-year-old Jennifer Martin was found in a bag behind the United Church of Christ. Homicide investigators are not releasing any information about her death.

6

7

2015

CO

As a police officer was sitting in his car in a church parking lot about 8:40 PM that Sunday night, someone shot an arrow at the police car. The officer was never able to see where the shot was fired from.

6

4

2015

SC

Homicide victim La'Charles Dautae Govan was found in the grass at the Jerusalem Baptist Church. He had just been released from jail 2 days before on drug charges when he was found fatally shot in the head at the church.

6

1

2015

NC

A fight broke out across the street from the New Story Church as they were having their Monday night worship service. The fight escalated and guns came out. Outreach pastor Stephen Smith was standing at the back of the congregation when a bullet came through the wall striking him in the head. Smith will survive.

5

29

2015

CT

3 men on bicycles rode up to a victim who was walking in front of the St. Aden’s Church / school & held a gun on him as they robbed him.

5

29

2015

SC

The pastor of the New Harvest Freewill Baptist Church caught up to his estranged wife in a convenience store. In a heated argument he pulled a gun on her forcing her to her knees as she cried that she was sorry. When law enforcement arrived he refused to put the gun down, continued to make threatening gestures towards her with it, and got himself killed in the process. She was not hurt.

5

27

2015

UT

A woman attempting to commit suicide by leaping from an upper floor at the LDS office buildings was handcuffed to a railing by responding church security personnel, thus saving her life. She was then transported to the hospital for mental evaluation.

5

25

2015

MO

A woman came out of a restroom stall in the First United Methodist Church and was grabbed by a man who had been hiding in the restroom. He forced her to the floor in a handicap stall with a knife. She began kicking and screaming for help as he attempted to stab her. He also kicked her in the head before he fled. Church members chased and held the stranger for police. It was at least the 4th time in 20 years he had been charged with assaults in women’s restrooms.

5

24

2015

PA

A 16-year-old thug was arrested for the attempted murder of a man in the parking lot of the Allegheny Valley Church of God. On that Sunday afternoon at about 1:00 PM the teen opened fire shooting multiple times, 2 of which struck the victim who was flown by helicopter to a hospital but expected to survive.

5

24

2015

CT

As the pastor of the 1st Church of the Nazarene was putting out small flags for the Sunday morning service to celebrate memorial day he was shot twice by a passing random assailant. The attacker also shot another randomly selected victim multiple times at another location. A 25-year-old was arrested and charged with attempted murder several days later.

5

23

2015

ID

Several juveniles were serving court-ordered community service at the Vineyard Christian Church gardens. Two of them got into an argument and one of them impaled another with a pitchfork. The injured team was taken by paramedics to a hospital where the pitchfork was surgically removed.

5

23

2015

AZ

A man seemed to have targeted a specific pregnant woman as she walked out of the LDS Stake Center. He was in his truck outside and when the woman exited the building he shot at her striking her once in the arm. He was still there when police arrived, and fired on them injuring one of the officers. The subject then fled the scene with officers in pursuit. He died in a resultant gun-battle off site.

5

17

2015

IL

An armed robbery suspect ran inside Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church fellowship hall where 200 people were gathered that Sunday. He stashed his loot in the bathroom, then ran back outside to face the police who were chasing him. With many people in the parking lot, he engaged the police in a gun battle. One of the officers fatally shot him in the fight.

5

17

2015

CA

As police were questioning a non-cooperative man in his car in the parking lot of the Believers in Jesus Foursquare Church, the man started his vehicle. He then raced out of his parking slot. The officer on the driver’s side could not see the officer on the passenger side, and believed he had been ran over by the hostile driver, so pulled a weapon and shot the driver.

5

15

2015

FL

Police arrested a man on attempted murder charges after he shot another multiple times on the grounds of the St. Johns Missionary Church. The injured man is expected to survive

5

13

2015

AL

A man was standing outside a funeral at the St Paul AME Church when several men walked up to him. A fight broke out, guns came out, and one man was shot and another injured in the scuffle.

5

12

2015

OK

The Northwest Baptist Church has a community outreach basketball program that has been operating since 2008. On that Tuesday night two new males came into the church and began to pilfer through the gym bags of others. A fight broke out, then poured outside into the parking lot. Once outside one of the new males produced a gun and started firing. Two young men were hit but will survive.

5

11

2015

TN

As three people were visiting in the parking lot of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, a man rode up on a bicycle and pulled a gun on one of them. He demanded cash and a cell phone, then rode off with the loot.

5

10

2015

CT

A man is facing multiple charges after he randomly fired a .45 several times in the parking lot of the House of Restoration Church.

5

10

2015

NC

At least 2 different guns were used to shoot multiple times at the St James AME Church about 4:00 PM on that Mother’s Day.

5

10

2015

WI

A congregant of the Christus Lutheran Church was given some bad news by the pastor that Sunday morning before services. As the morning services were going on, the man returned to the church property armed and angry. He was both suicidal and angry at the pastor. The man left the property, so police kept the church locked down and guarded until he was arrested shortly after nearby.

5

4

2015

MD

A man killed another man at a home then drove to the Mechanicsville Mt Zion United Methodist Church where he committed suicide in the parking lot of the church.

5

4

2015

NE

A woman went to the restroom at First United Methodist Church during a Monday night event. A man high on meth had walked in an open door, was attracted to her and entered the women’s restroom where he had seen her go. He grabbed her when she approached the sink, cut her and kicked her in the head as he attempted to sexually attack her. She got away by kicking, screaming and fighting. Others in the church came running to see him fleeing and getting into his car. One church member followed him while on his cell to 911 so police were able to arrest him. He had been convicted multiple times in the past of very similar attacks and had always been let out of prison early.

5

3

2015

LA

The Antioch Community Church owns a house next door in which they allowed 45-year-old Joseph Kyle to live. Kyle also took care of the church property. As they started Sunday morning services that day, the pastor’s son went next door to see if Kyle was coming to church that morning. Instead he found his body riddled with bullet holes.

5

3

2015

NM

The estranged father of a 6 (or 7 - reports vary)-year-old girl showed up at the Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where he knew she would be attending. Though there was a court order forbidding any contact with the girl, he was able to take her from the church. He turned himself in later that day, but refused to reveal her location until 5/18 when she was rescued unharmed. He claims to have been wrongly separated from her in the 1st place. Regardless of how that turns out, this is a case to consider for child welfare in the cases of dangerous parents.

4

28

2015

MA

As a teenager was riding his bike past the Church of the Nazarene about 6:00 PM that Tuesday evening, a man was running up behind him. The runner gunned him down on the lawn of the church. The victim will survive, though he was shot in the chest.

4

27

2015

NY

On that Monday evening, 2 men were killed in gunfire outside the Emmanuel Church of God following a wake. Shooting appears to have erupted from a car as well as from the vestibule area of the church. One of the dead is believed to be one of the begrudged, the other dead man and 4 wounded appear to have been bystanders. 28 shell casings were on the ground in and around the church.

4

25

2015

CO

At the funeral of a man at the Denver Gospel Hall, shots rang out as the mourners were gathering to begin the procession. When it was over a young man in his 20’s was dead.

4

23

2015

CA

An argument outside the Episcopal Anglican Church of the Advent left one man dead and a woman injured. The murder remains unsolved.

4

21

2015

MO

A drug addict with mental health issues shot a friend in the head, then ran to the nearby First Baptist Church where a standoff with police lasted for 3 hours. The Heroin user finally laid down his gun and surrendered.

4

19

2015

FL

A woman was attacked and raped just outside the front door of the rural United Open Door Church of the Living God. Police said the man was armed, but did not say what kind of weapon he was armed with. The attack occurred at 4:30 that Sunday AM.

4

19

2015

PA

Previous vandalism at the Restoration Church had gone unreported, but then it got worse about 4:30 AM that Sunday morning. Several outside structures were set on fire and a Molotov Cocktail was thrown through a window causing significant damage inside the church.

4

14

2015

TN

An unknown person(s) shot the front door of the West End Synagogue. A maintenance worker  was inside when the shooting occurred about 08:30 AM that Monday morning. He called police as soon as he heard the gunshot. It remains under investigation.

4

12

2015

AK

A 45-year-old man was jailed and charged with sexual abuse of a minor after a 14-year-old girl was found dead in the alcove of the front door of the Muldoon Road Baptist Church. The man admits to having sex with her at the church but the cause of her death remains sealed.

4

12

2015

TN

A crossing guard working the Sunday morning services at the Second Presbyterian Church was struck by a vehicle in a hit and run incident. Police were able to find the suspects, and when they ran from the car a K-9 unit assisted in their capture.

4

5

2015

PA

Police were called to the Christ Evangelical Lutheran church where a man had been shot in the leg. The man was taken to the hospital and no arrests have been made, Police only said that the victim was shot while behind the church.

4

5

2015

OH

A 39-year-old man was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct when he interrupted the Sunday service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

4

4

2015

PA

When a gun went off during Easter service at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the shooter initially claimed it was a negligent discharge. An investigation proved otherwise and charges were brought against him several months later for intentionally shooting the gun in the crowded church causing panic.

4

4

2015

OH

A fight broke out at a Sweet 16 party at the Melrose Family YMCA. As the crowd moved outside, approximately 60 shots rang out from a van going by. One High School aged girl was killed and 2 other young people were wounded. The Y was quick to point out that the girl died off their property and that it was just people renting the facility anyway. The point being?

4

2

2015

IL

Police responded to the parking lot of St. Patrick's Church where an armed robbery had just occurred. Descriptions were given of two men, one of whom was armed with a large bore handgun. No suspects were ever caught.

4

1

2015

NJ

Two men arguing over a woman agreed to meet and fight it out in the parking lot of the St Phillips Church. One of the men (a recent parolee) beat the other so severely the victim wound up in the hospital with broken bones in his head. The attacker has been arrested on deadly assault charges.

3

29

2015

NC

25-year-old Tyler Britton Gaddis made a 911 call from inside the Smokemont Baptist Church indicating he had been stabbed several times and was bleeding badly. When police arrived around 3:15 that Sunday morning he was found dead inside the church with 19 stab wounds.

3

29

2015

CO

As a man was approaching the Saint John's Cathedral with his 96-year-old granddad, they were attacked by a transient begging for money. At about 2:00 PM that Sunday afternoon, the transient surprised them after emerging from bushes at the church and demanded money. The transient attacked the elderly man knocking him down and causing his head to hit bricks on the building.

3

27

2015

CA

A 44-year-old Buddhist monk of the Tu Nghiem Temple was being investigated for fraud. Having collected tens of thousands of dollars from temple members and their families, there is suspicion that he may have been being manipulated and swindled by outside forces. He hanged himself in the temple

3

27

2015

IN

Police were called to the Trier Ridge Church around 3:00 AM that Friday. There they found a man seriously wounded by a gunshot wound to his knee. They have been unable to determine if the shooting took place at the church or elsewhere.

3

25

2015

CA

A homeless man was severely beaten by an unknown attacker(s) as he slept on the property of the Trinity Episcopal Church. He lost a lot of blood through lacerations to his face but was treated and released at a nearby hospital after another homeless man found him and flagged down help.

3

23

2015

CA

A 12-year-old girl was at the Middletown Methodist Church awaiting her mom to pick her up about 3:30 that Monday afternoon. A 50-year-old (+/-) man pulled up in a pick-up and asked if she needed a ride. She declined then sat down on the church steps. The man came up and sat beside her striking up a conversation, then grabbed her by the arm attempting to get her into his truck. She fought and kicked him and got away.

3

22

2015

IL

Gunfire erupted in the streets near Zion Baptist Church, and the church was hit. Nobody was injured and police have no clues as to who was shooting.

3

21

2015

CA

As people were outside the Calvary Christian Center church enjoying a picnic day, a single male snatched up a 5-year-old boy and began running away with him. Parents pursued him, knocked him to the ground and held him until police arrived.

3

21

2015

TX

The pastor of the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey Church mandated that a 2-year-old boy be starved because he was “possessed by demons”. After 25 days of starvation the little boy died in the home church. The church then attempted a “rising ceremony” to revive the boy. The pastor has been arrested and the parents have fled to Mexico.

3

20

2015

GA

A 73-year-old man chose Saint Peter’s Catholic Church as the property he would die at. Passersby discovered his body outside the church where he had shot himself in the head.

3

19

2015

WA

A mother parked her SUV in front of the Paramount Christian Church where she walked her son into the daycare at 07:00 AM. She had left her car running with her 3 and 5-year-old children inside. A man jumped into the car and took off. He later abandoned the vehicle and the children were rescued safely. The abductor was arrested.

3

19

2015

IL

When officers responded to a burglary in process at a church, they arrived as the burglary pair was coming out of the church. The thieved jumped into their car and intentionally ran head-on into one of the police cars. The pair was arrested after the driver was tazed.

3

14

2015

DE

As a man, his wife and son were driving, another man became enraged at them yelling he was “going to kill them.”. The family pulled into the parking lot of the St. John Fisher Church, where the man followed and fired one time into the parking lot before speeding off. Police found the shaken family still in the church parking lot but the attacker had fled.

3

12

2015

FL

Two women got into an altercation inside the Mt Sinai Baptist Church on a Thursday night. One of the women pulled a knife and stabbed the other. Police arrived and broke up the fight, but one woman was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

3

12

2015

CA

As a teenage boy was standing with his family in the parking lot of the First Union Baptist Church, they heard shots. The boy fell to the ground then realized he had been shot in the leg. Police believe 6 shots were fired from a 9mm at the church.

3

8

2015

FL

A 76-year-old man got into an argument with his 74-year-old girlfriend in the parking lot at the Prince of Peace Church as Sunday morning services were in session. When the argument escalated, he shot her once in the head and twice in the back then turned the gun on himself. Both are expected to live, but he will likely live in prison.

3

2

2015

TX

 A 50-year-old man sent his employer an e-mail that he was in the parking lot of the 1st Baptist Church to kill himself. That is where police found him in his car dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

3

2

2015

LA

As a woman was trying to get out of her car in the parking lot of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a man grabbed her and threw her back into the car. As he started the car and tried to maneuver out of the parking lot, she got her door opened, screamed for help and bailed out of the car. He stabbed her in the leg as she escaped, and fled as congregants ran to her aid. The man (a stranger to the woman) was arrested later for the violent carjacking.

3

1

2015

MI

After a murderer killed one in the adjacent community hall, he ran through the parking lot of the Adjacent Church where a female security guard was in her car. He shot and wounded her as she sat in her car. She will survive.

2

28

2015

MS

In 2 separate instances in Spanish churches, members were robbed and pistol whipped as they tried to get into their vehicles.

2

27

2015

AZ

Pastor Jack Moriaty ran the Redeemed Outreach Center primarily as an outreach to homeless and former inmates. Two of those who had been helped broke into his home that Friday night and killed him in search of valuables.

2

27

2015

TX

Michael Irving was a volunteer sound engineer at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Having just finished a music session in the church, he was waiting for a cousin to pick him up in the parking lot and take him home. When the cousin arrived, Irving was laying dead in the parking lot the victim of a gunshot wound to the head.

2

26

2015

NY

A homeless man with “666” tattooed to his forehead got into an altercation with another man in the homeless outreach food line at the Duck United Methodist Church. Seeing a nearby drawer labeled “knives” the man opened it, grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim to death. It was the first homicide on record in the small town.

2

23

2015

NY

As worshipers were attending a Monday morning service at the Advent Lutheran Church, a man walked in with a gun. He approached a 60-year-old male proclaiming, “I’m going to kill people”. The man ran off however without ever firing a shot and has not been identified.

2

20

2015

OK

A man was found sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of Acts 2 United Methodist Church. The man was dead with a gunshot wound to his chest.

2

19

2015

AZ

A 36-year-old man went on a crime spree that included breaking into and setting fire to a church as people were inside. The man left the church, stole a .30/30 rifle and continued his menacing which included shooting it in the air, holding it to his own chin, and at the police who were telling him to drop it. As he headed for an area where more people would be in danger, and officer intentionally ran over him with his car. The attacker survived and faces multiple charges.

2

18

2015

IL

As congregants were attending choir practice at the Mount Calvary Church of God, a man entered the church with a gun. He approached choir members and robbed them, then escaped without being caught.

2

17

2015

MO

As the pastor of the Central Baptist Church was in her car in the parking lot, a woman walked up and asked her for directions. As she began to dialogue with the woman, two men appeared – one of which was armed, and stole her car from her. After she was robbed of her car, other church members began to discover 5 cars had been broken into. The pastor simply walked into the danger without seeing it.

2

16

2015

NY

As police were investigating a homicide from hours earlier, they heard shots being fired nearby. Upon relocating to the sound of the shots, they discovered 12 spent bullet casings in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church. They discovered a shooter had stood in the parking lot while shooting into a nearby home and vehicle. No suspects have been arrested.

2

15

2015

LA

56 and 75-year-old men volunteering as parking attendants for the First Emanuel Baptist Church were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot. The men had been collecting cash donations just before the two armed suspects approached them and demanded all the cash.

2

14

2015

KS

A man wanted on suspicion of a car-jacking was discovered by police and fled in his vehicle. He crashed the vehicle he was fleeing in into the fence and playground equipment at the Victory Outreach Church.  He then exited the vehicle and the officers feeling threatened opened fire killing him on the church grounds.

2

8

2015

PA

A 67-year-old lady was sitting in her car outside the Incarnation of the Lord Parish when a man hopped into the back seat and told her to drive. When she looked in the mirror she saw what she believes was a gun. At that point she ran away from her car screaming, leaving the man unnerved so he fled the scene.

2

8

2015

IA

51-year-old Patrick James Murphy was discovered deceased in his vehicle which was on fire in the parking lot of the Abundant Life Church.

2

7

2015

OR

Two homeless men got into an altercation in front of the Grace Bible Church after dark in a Saturday night. One of the men pulled a knife and stabbed the other. The victim will live, the attacker has been arrested.

2

7

2015

WV

A 19-year-old female has been charged in the gruesome beating death of Pastor Ronald Brown of the Cool Ridge Community Church. The 68-year-old pastor was killed in his home and the woman was discovered shortly after covered in his blood. The woman told police she was just doing what God told her to do.

2

1

2015

IL

As a pastor was inside his church about 3:30 that Sunday afternoon, several shots were fired at a group outside the church. Nobody outside was hit, but one of the bullets came through an outside wall and seriously injured the pastor in his upper arm. 

1

29

2015

GA

62-year-old Grace Robinson had just parked her car at the Words of Restoration Church where she was going in for Wednesday evening bible study. As she walked up to the church doors, a gunman confronted her demanding that she drop her pocketbook while holding the gun to her head. She let him have it, and now the church is stepping up security.

1

27

2015

WA

After killing her boyfriend (possibly an ex – reports vary) as he was asleep in his bed, a woman drove to the Champions Centre Church where she killed herself in the parking lot.

1

27

2015

TX

The 19-year-old son of the Priest of the Redeemer Episcopal Church has been charged with killing his father (the Priest), mother and 5-year-old brother. The pastor and his wife had been beaten to death with various objects located at the scene, and the little boy had been stabbed -- all died in their home.

1

26

2015

AZ

2 men with a well-known and on-going feud got into an argument in the benevolence program of the Universal Church. It escalated and one man stabbed the other.

1

26

2015

AR

A 39-year-old security operator working in the parking lot of the Second Baptist Church on a Monday night, believed 2 men he was watching were about to break into a car. When he approached them to ask what they were doing, one of them pulled a firearm aiming it at him saying he would “blow his brains out.” The guard raised his hands, backed off & lived as the robbers ran off.

1

25

2015

CO

Home invasion suspects fled the scene when police arrived, and crashed their vehicle into another at the Praise Assembly of God Church (just as Sunday services were concluding) as police were chasing them. The church went into lockdown, keeping everyone inside as a gunfight broke out between the burglars and police outside. One of the burglars was shot and killed in a field near the church & another was arrested in the church parking lot.

1

25

2015

OH

A male and a female teenager were spinning donuts from their car in the parking lot of St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish when the pastor went out to ask them to stop. The driver hit the priest with the car and even dragged him some distance as the priest screamed in pain. The priest survived but a dash-cam the teen’s father had installed in the car had recorded the episode and provided sufficient evidence for felony charges.

1

25

2015

NJ

A 17-year-old congregant of the Family Remnant Church walked out of the church around 4:30 PM that Sunday, and an 18-year-old male immediately struck up a conversation with him acting like they knew the same people and enjoyed the same sports. They continued walking, then as the 17-year-old was confused over how they knew each other (and completely off-guard) the thug pulled a handgun and robbed him of $171.00.

1

22

2015

CA

1 gang member died and another was injured when a gang-on-gang gunfight broke out in the parking lot of the North Hills UMC Church on a Thursday night.

1

17

2015

OR

A fight broke out outside the Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church where a 17-year-old had just celebrated his birthday. Police believe it was gang-related and associated with the party. Nobody on site was hit, but a bullet went through the wall of a home down the street breaking a window right over a sleeping baby. The church is now implementing safety policies.

1

17

2015

OK

Ratia Hooks had broken up with a boyfriend who came to the Old Agency Baptist Church where he knew should would be in attendance for a wedding. Knowing he was there, had previously threatened her, and had told her he was bringing a gun to the wedding, law enforcement was called. An altercation ensued and the investigating officer was forced to shoot and kill the attacker in the driveway of the church before he made good on all his promises (he had brought a gun).

1

7

2015

TX

`As construction workers were on site at the new St. Andrew Ministry Center, they were approached by armed thugs – one with a knife and one with a handgun. The robbers demanded cash then began shooting. One of the workers was struck in the arm, and the attackers go away with 2 cell phones and cash.

1

1

2015

IN

A woman was found dead under a church van with her pants down  to her ankles in the parking lot of God’s House Church.

1

1

2015

MS

At a New Year’s Eve service at the Macedonia Ministries church, Tonia Barnes was struck by a bullet from a high-powered rifle most likely fired as a New Year’s Eve celebration in the area. Similar incidents occurred on 1/1/10 and 1/1/08.

12

30

2014

FL

The senior pastor and others had called in an employee of the Living Water Fellowship to terminate his employment. The employee became enraged, pulled a pistol and shot at the pastor 3 times barely missing him. The pastor had his own gun and returned fire hitting and stopping the attacker. The attacker will live and will be charged with attempted murder. Several people, including children in the church’s school were in the building at the time.

12

28

2014

CA

Following the Sunday night service at the Greater Apostolic Faith Temple Church, two of the pastors were sitting in a car in the parking lot when a man approached the passenger side. The man produced a firearm and shot 4 times into the vehicle. One of the rounds grazed one of the pastor’s chest and hit him in the arm. The gunman escaped into the night, and people talked of how shocked they are that such a thing could happen at a church.

12

28

2014

FL

Two police officers were sitting in separate vehicles in the parking lot of the Northside Baptist Church around 3:00 that Sunday morning when they came under fire. Taking cover they never saw where the shots were coming from, and were not able to return fire.

12

26

2014

NJ

21 and 22-year-old males were eventually arrested and charged with various criminal mischief, drugs and firearms charges after two incidents at the historic Old Paramus Reformed Church. On two separate occasions they had shot at least 40 times into the church with a rifle. One of the rounds had gone clear through the church but nobody was inside at the time.

12

23

2014

TN

While playing basketball at a church, a 15-year-old boy was shot. Very few details have been released but the boy is expected to survive.

12

23

2014

NC

Pastor Randall Smith of the Advent Christian Church was inside the church alone before a 9:30 AM prayer meeting when he was approached by a stranger asking for money. Pastor Smith told him he had no money, and the man stabbed him in the stomach and fled. A congregant arrived a little while later and found the pastor slumped down in the hallway. He was rushed to a hospital and will survive. Congregants expressed shock that such a thing could happen.

12

20

2014

OK

The pastor of the Windsor Hills Baptist Church was home alone with his son when an intruder broke into his home about 3:15 that afternoon. The pastor fired on the intruder killing him. No charges were filed.

12

19

2014

OH

A group of friends were hanging around in the parking lot of the Roselawn Lutheran Church drinking about 8:30 that Friday night when two men emerged from nearby bushes. At least one of the men began shooting, striking one of the crowd. The victim was transported with non-life-threatening injuries. Witnesses are uncooperative.

12

17

2014

AL

As a woman left Wednesday night services at Keys to Successful Living Church, she was approached by an armed man as she began to get into her car in the parking lot. As she opened her door he appeared, displayed the firearm and demanded her purse. She complied and lived.

12

16

2014

MA

A 50-year-old man with reported brain injuries became violent in front of a score of 10-13 year-olds in the gym of the Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church. With a baseball bat in hand, he then went out into the parking lot and smashed a car windshield. He was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and other charges.

12

9

2014

VA

A 32-year-old man had just recently started attending the Body of Christ Outreach Church. The pastor came into the church around 5:30 PM that Tuesday afternoon and surprised the man who was in a back room of the church. The man stabbed the pastor when confronted about his illegal entry. The pastor will survive, and the man is charged with many crimes including burglary, malicious wounding, assault and battery.

12

9

2014

NY

A man with a history of mental illness had apparently stopped taking his medications when he went to the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic world headquarters (a Jewish Synagogue). For no apparent reason he stabbed rabbinical student Levi Rosenblat in the head. Police shot and killed the attacker after arriving and him not putting down the knife. Rosenblat will survive.

12

4

2014

KS

15-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein was killed as he was getting into his vehicle after leaving services at the Somali Center Mosque. The killer -- a fellow Somali who has developed radical hatred for the Islamic teachings – was arrested for the vehicular homicide.

12

4

2014

FL

A 33-year-old man killed his wife and a neighbor lady who was visiting, then caught a taxi to the Bayshore Baptist Church. Once at the church he complained for 20 minutes to pastor Tripp Battle’s wife about how the world was evil. When pastor Battle came back, he shot him dead.

11

30

2014

AR

Around 7:00 PM that in that Sunday evening service, a 33 year old man came into the White Rock Pentecostal Church and told the preaching pastor to put his microphone down. The angry man appeared to be intoxicated as he told the congregation the pastor was lying. When the man was done speaking he left and a member followed him outside where the man raised up his shirt and put his hand on a pistol in his waistband. The man was facing a felony charge of Terroristic Threatening in the first degree as of press time.

11

27

2014

WI

A man broke into the St James Lutheran Church on Thanksgiving night, then called 911 to say he was going to start shooting and burn the church down. After a 3-1/2 hour standoff with police special hostage and tactical teams, the man surrendered peacefully early the next morning.

11

23

2014

CA

After a man was found shot dead on the lawn of the Church of the Nazarene, police found a suspect nearby and a gunfight followed. The gunman was killed in the battle.

11

23

2014

WI

Two men were seen hanging around outside Our Savior’s Church during the Sunday morning service. One of the men came inside, found a small girl and tried to get her to leave with him. He did not get away with her, and the 2 men disappeared.

11

23

2014

KY

About 4:25 that Sunday morning, officers saw some suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of the Berea Christian Church. As they walked towards the vehicles to investigate, one of the vehicles started coming at the officers. Fearing for their lives, the officers fired into the vehicle striking the driver in the face. Church was cancelled as the investigation continued.

11

22

2014

MN

A man’s girlfriend sought refuge in the Hope Lutheran Church where a homeless shelter had been set up. The man found her there & hit her over the head with a pistol. Police arrested him & charged him with assault, domestic & terrorism related offenses.

11

21

2014

NV

A 74-year-old man (JM) and another man got into an argument over money at the Community United Methodist Church. The argument escalated into a physical altercation with JM on the ground in the parking lot. When the community outreach planner (who planned the event the men were at) pulled the man off of him, JM walked away. but came back up with a gun and shot the other man. JM was arrested and the other man was in critical condition at press time.

11

19

2014

TX

As a mother was getting into her jeep with her son in the parking lot after a service at Lakewood Church, a man approached them with a gun and demanded her purse. She didn’t want to give up her purse. Her son probably saved her from serious injury or worse assuring her it was OK to let her purse go. The robber got away and has not been identified.

11

18

2014

MI

A woman in her 60’s is a volunteer hall monitor who escorted a 3rd grade child to the child’s parent’s car at the St. Francis Catholic Church around 6:00 that Tuesday evening. She then arrived at her own vehicle in the parking lot where a mugger was hiding. He attacked her, knocking her to the ground. She slashed his face with her car keys before he ran off taking her purse.

11

16

2014

TX

16-year-old Rikko Valencia was on his way home after working all night at a nearby Whataburger. As he cut across the parking lot of the Springwood Baptist Church he was attacked by 3 teenagers who shot him twice in the face, killing him. They were arrested 2 months later & admitted to the robbery turned murder.

11

10

2014

IN

After four other fires within 6 months at the First Christian Missionary Baptist Church, the fifth began as the church caretaker was sleeping in the building at 04:00 that Monday AM. Little doubt remains the fires are intentional & this one resulted in the caretaker being transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He will survive & no suspects have yet been named.

11

9

2014

OK

A burglar stole over $1,000 worth of electronics from the Iglesia Cristiana Church sometime in the night or early morning hours before Sunday morning services. The thief also turned on a gas valve, and lit a candle to remain 20 feet away from the gas in order to facilitate an explosion. The pastor arrived early and discovered the brewing explosive cocktail which they were able to prevent.

11

8

2014

NJ

Police responded to an altercation at St Marks Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. The church had leased out its facility to a group for an event when a fight erupted which left one man with serious head injuries. The incident was still under investigation and no arrests had been made at press time.

11

7

2014

DE

A 27-year-old male became angry at a woman inside the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. When they came out of the church the attacker slugged her in the jaw, began choking her and attempted to push her down the stairs. The man was charged with strangulation, assault and criminal mischief.

11

5

2014

TX

An 18-year-old boy was shot and killed in the parking lot of Life Fellowship Church. The teen had agreed to meet other teens there in a drug deal that went bad. It was another 18-year-old boy who was arrested for the murder which took place in the middle of the night.

11

4

2014

CA

As members of the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley were inside at 5:00 AM that Tuesday morning, at least 5 shots were fired at the facility. 3 of the shots hit a car parked in front of the building while the other 2 hit the facility. No-one was injured and no suspects have been named.

11

1

2014

TN

While authorities are not releasing details of where the crime occurred, a 24-year-old female and her 23-year-old male accomplice murdered 57-year old Prospect Park Baptist Church senior pastor Don Smith and took his car. The crime was solved in part because they posted selfies on social media of themselves making out in the back seat of his car the day after having killed him.

11

1

2014

PA

The assistant pastor of the Everett Church of God and another church member came out of the church about noon that Saturday to find a 29-year-old man breaking into a car in the parking lot. As they approached the man, he pulled a gun and fired it into the window of another car sitting nearby while claiming to be God. He then took the pastor’s keys and stole his car.

10

31

2014

MT

A 20-year-old mentally unstable man well-known to local law–enforcement stole a 7mm deer rifle and a car then called law enforcement to inform them he would hurt someone if they couldn’t stop him. He then headed to the Libby Christian Church. The church was in the midst of a large Halloween event with many children on site when police arrived and saw him waving the rifle around. He ran into the nearby woods and was eventually persuaded to surrender.

10

30

2014

TN

A man had a conversation with a woman on an on-line dating service and agreed to meet her at the Hannaway Church. As he was awaiting her at the church, two men erupted from the shrubs around the building and attacked him. He was robbed of his cash and a cell phone as one man punched him and the other kept his hand on what was insinuated to be a gun in his pocket. Authorities believe it was all a team scam.

10

29

2014

LA

When police went to the Holy Cross Catholic Church to serve a PEC (Physicians Emergency Commitment) order to a 26-year-old male, he did not take it well. He opened fire on the officers, who returned fire killing him.

10

27

2014

WA

A male victim was sitting in a car in the lower parking lot of Grace Church with friends smoking marijuana when a man approached their vehicle demanding cash, then got spooked and fired once into the vehicle. The victim was expected to survive and no suspects were found as of press time.

10

24

2014

NM

Someone threw what appears to have been a Molotov cocktail at the southeast Albuquerque Islamic Center between 08:30 and 09:30 that Friday AM. Video surveillance of the suspect's car was not good enough quality to determine any identification.

10

17

2014

UT

A 42-year-old was walking in front of an LDS church about 6:30 that Friday morning when she was struck by gunfire. The LDS church submitted video coverage of the incident to police, and police found undisclosed evidence in the church parking lot, but so far no arrests have been made.

10

17

2014

UT

Lesbian lovers got into an altercation that ended with police finding them in the parking lot of the Gospel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church. When police arrived one of the women was dead from knife wounds inflicted by the other. The fight started on nearby I-15. It is unclear where the death took place.

10

13

2014

NJ

17-year-old Joell Burton was running through the First Baptist Church parking lot about 9:15 that Monday night when he was struck by gunfire and died.

10

13

2014

KY

A man who appears to have served as the Youth Pastor of Polly Ann Church of God (the church denies this saying he was only a teacher) claimed to be “ex-gay”. However, he not only raped a young man in the church, but also threatened to kill him if he told.

10

10

2014

MN

A 17-year-old girl conspired with an out-of-state 19-year-old male friend to lure an 18-year-old male to the Westwood Community Church for a “boy-girl” talk. The 18-year-old had no clue the coerced attacker was in the back seat of the girl’s car until the attack. The 18-year-old was hit multiple times with a ball-bat, but finally got it away from the attacker who then fled, but was apprehended later in his home state of Arizona.

10

9

2014

NY

About 10:30 that night, 17-year-old Shmerea Nailor was gunned down and killed on the sidewalk of St. Mark's & All Saints' Episcopal Church – just 20 feet from the church doors. Nobody has been named or arrested as of press time.

10

6

2014

OK

After having killed a woman for not dating him at another site, a man then went to Grace Church where he was reported as suicidal as he sat in his vehicle in the church parking lot. The 24-year-old male then went into the woods behind the church and killed himself.

10

5

2014

IN

Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church members locked down as they observed a man with a gun in their adjacent cemetery. The man was confronted by police after he left the church grounds, which resulted in a 3 hour negotiation with him to keep him from killing himself.

10

5

2014

IA

A 48-year old woman was sitting in her van after church in the parking lot when a man stole her van. As she tried to get free, the man dragged her with her arm caught in the door as he drove off with her purse and other belongings. She got free of the door and fell into the street with non-life threatening injuries.

10

4

2014

NY

A woman entered St. Luke's Mission of Mercy Church about 11:30 that morning and begun threatening to detonate a grenade. Police arrived and disarmed her of the grenade and took it outside where they determined it to be inert. The woman was taken to a mental health facility for psychological treatment.

10

3

2014

FL

A man was shot about 9:30 PM that Friday night in front of the East Fort Myers Church of Christ. Police canvassed the area looking for the shooter but never found anyone. The man will survive.

10

1

2014

SC

The pastor of the Westside Baptist Church was inside the church praying around 4:50 that Wednesday AM when he heard his truck crank up. He got a gun, and ran outside to catch a thief in the process of trying to get the pastors truck in gear. At the site of the gun the thief took off running away and was not caught.

10

1

2014

NY

Police officers were forced to use a Taser on a distraught and suicidal man outside the Franciscan Church of the Assumption. The man was holding a machete to his own throat and would not comply with orders to put down the weapon.

9

30

2014

CA

72-year-old Dongsu Ju was unlocking the front doors of the Korean United Presbyterian Church for the 5:30 AM service as he had done for many years when he was attacked by 2 unknown suspects. They beat him and robbed him of his keys, wallet and a bag.

9

29

2014

PA

A gun battle broke out around 1:20 that Monday afternoon close to the New Kensington Canaan Outreach Ministry church which took bullet holes through its sign and front door. Police said nearly a dozen shots were fired during the fight.

9

26

2014

VA

As two cleaning ladies finished their work in the Redeemer Lutheran church and went to their vehicle that night, a car full of robbers boxed them in. Two of the four got out with guns and attempted to rob the ladies, but they had no valuables on them. 4 men have been arrested.

9

21

2014

TX

As worshipers were inside New Light Baptist for Sunday morning services, someone shot 4 of the vehicles in the parking lot. Nobody was injured and no suspects have been located.

9

15

2014

WA

A 47-year-old man attacked people all around town with a paintball gun, and police finally caught up to him in the parking lot of the Holy Innocents Catholic Church where he was shooting a woman with the paintball gun. When the police car came into the parking lot, the man rammed the police vehicle with his, then shot the police officer with a real handgun and took off again. The wounded police officer will survive and the man was arrested.

9

14

2014

AL

Knowing he was infected with AIDS, the senior pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church had sex with church members inside the church. He had changed the church constitution to increase his power, changed locks and bank accounts to restrict others from access and refused to give up his church-owned Mercedes Benz until he was sued.

9

14

2014

FL

As a Shiloh Tabernacle of Praise Church member was opening the doors for service, they were alerted to the body of a 26-year-old woman behind the church. Witnesses had heard a gunshot around 05:00 that morning, and saw a man running from the area.

9

14

2014

FL

A female member of the Iglesia Vida Nueva Church was fighting with another woman in the parking lot when a man arrived in a vehicle. When the man got out of his vehicle and approached the two fighting women with a knife, the husband of one of the women tried to intervene and was stabbed in the process. The man was arrested some days later and charged with attempted murder.

9

14

2014

IL

As the pastor and congregants of the One Way M.B. Church were having Sunday dinner on the grounds, a man was shot and killed on the church property on the other side of the building. Parishioners were made to go and stay inside the church until police could confirm the unknown killer(s) was no longer a threat.

9

8

2014

VA

An armed and suicidal man outside the Springfield United Methodist Church caused the church to go into lockdown as police responded. The man was shot by police in the encounter but is expected to survive.

9

8

2014

FL

A homeless man was sleeping at the First United Methodist Church, when a homeless woman approached him angry that he was “in her spot”. She then began to throw his belongings around then attacked him with a hammer. She was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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7

2014

MA

Police were still on the scene that Sunday AM as Bethesda Lutheran Church congregants arrived for morning services. A gunshot victim had been found at the end of the drive where the church drive intersects the street at 5:00 AM. The man was still alive at press time, and no attackers had been named.

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6

2014

PA

Around 5:00 that Saturday morning police responded to reports of multiple gunshots outside the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.  Upon arrival they found 39-year-old Nathanial Green dying of gunshot wounds in the rear parking lot of the church. The shooter(s) was never found.

9

6

2014

CA

A girl’s 15th Birthday party (quinceañera) was occurring at the Hidden Valley Christian Church when security asked 2 disruptive women to leave. Intoxicated men got into the argument. One of those men who was attempting to reinforce the security guard actions was stabbed in his elbow and abdomen by an unknown attacker. Another man was hit over the head with a bottle.

9

4

2014

KY

A man was discovered suffering from a gun-shot wound to his face sitting in the parking lot outside of St Peter the Apostle Church. The man is expected to survive, but says he cannot recall any details of the shooting, and police question if it happened at the church or if the man was moved (or moved himself) to the church.

9

4

2014

FL

In an area where a serial rapist is currently active, a woman stepped off a bus at 2:00 AM. She observed a man approaching from behind her, then was knocked unconscious. She woke up later behind the Church of God in Christ with her clothing removed having been the victim of a sexual assault.

9

3

2014

AL

After calling a police friend to confess to killing his wife and telling where her body could be found, a man then drove to the cemetery adjoined to the Faith Baptist Church. That is where officers found him sitting in his truck with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

9

2

2014

TN

Tasha Thomas had a restraining order in effect against her estranged husband after a pattern of abuse. Though she had gone back many times in the past, this time she filed for divorce. He began to show up at places he knew she would be (including her church).  That Tuesday morning he was in the parking lot of the day care operated by the Christ United Baptist Church where he knew she would be leaving the children. He shot & killed her in the parking lot then killed himself at his home when confronted by police.

8

29

2014

TX

A 54-year-old man was severely beaten, his throat cut and left for dead soaking in his own blood behind the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. A passerby saw him and reported it, so responding medics were able to get him to emergency care where he was listed in critical condition. No suspects as of press time.

8

28

2014

CA

A 22-year-old man apparently stabbed his own mother to death as she sat behind the wheel in her car at Grace Church. The man then killed himself.

8

27

2014

LA

The pastor of the Greater Morning Star Baptist church (a former police officer) was charged with aggravated battery when he shot at two men leaving in a truck after he caught them trying to steal copper from his air-conditioning. One of his shots hit one of the fleeing thieves in the head but did not kill him. If convicted the pastor could face up to 10 years in prison.

8

26

2014

OK

Children playing around some abandoned cars that the Calvary Temple Assembly of God keeps in a fenced off area found a dead man in one of the cars. Police later arrested a woman for his stabbing death.

8

25

2014

LA

The piano player for The West End COGIC Church lost his temper and choked a 17-year-old he was having an argument with in the church. They took their argument outside where he then pulled a pistol out and threatened the teen with the pistol. The piano player (who plays for multiple churches) was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and other charges.

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24

2014

OR

A 52-year-old man was reported by many to police as he was walking down the street with two guns yelling aimlessly. Police found him in the parking lot of the Heritage Christian Center Church of God where a standoff ensued. He was shot and killed by police when he raised his shotgun towards them. He was carrying two handguns, a shotgun and 232 rounds of ammunition. He was apparently under the influence of meth.

8

20

2014

OR

Neighbors close to the Open Door Church heard arguing and a gunshot outside the church. When police arrived they found an uncooperative male with what they believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The wound was not fatal and police never resolved what happened.

8

17

2014

CA

A man attacked his wife in their home, then left taking two of their four children (ages 1 & 3) with him. The wife went looking for him and found him sitting in his truck drinking in the parking lot of the First Lutheran Church. When she approached the truck he jumped out and stabbed her several times with a knife. She will live, he was arrested, the children were taken to a shelter.

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17

2014

PA

Someone shot through the front doors of the Faith Church with a handgun(s). Though 30 empty 9mm and .357 Mag. casings were found in the parking lot, only two bullet holes were in the doors.

8

14

2014

FL

55-year-old Bill Davitte along with his wife went to their Marvin United Methodist Church late that Thursday evening as volunteers to turn on the irrigation system. His wife was sitting in the car when a 21-year-old man (who had 7 prior arrests since 2011) surprised her and began to beat her with a handgun. As Bill heard her screams and ran to rescue her, the reprobate shot and killed him, then stole their vehicle.

8

3

2014

WI

Following Sunday morning mass, police were called to the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. A man had barricaded himself in his truck with a gun and was threatening suicide in the parking lot. An officer was able to talk the man into laying down his firearm, and he was transported for mental evaluation.

8

3

2014

CO

While inside Longs Peak Church a man’s pickup was shot multiple times with a 9mm handgun. A 27-year-old male suspect was arrested 2 months later.

8

2

2014

MI

Around 4:00 PM a man and his wife got into an argument behind the Reformed Church in America Headquarters building. That is where police found the woman suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound, and they found the man in front of the building with a serious self-inflicted gunshot wound.

7

29

2014

FL

A man was found unresponsive that Tuesday afternoon outside of the Mount Zion Church. First responders arrived but the man had expired. Police commented only that he was the victim of a criminal act.

7

28

2014

TN

As a 19-year-old boy was walking with a friend in front of the Olivet Baptist Church, a car came to a stop by them. A man jumped out and demanded money. The boys ran, but one of them was gunned down. He is expected to survive.

7

25

2014

PA

34-year-old Keisha Williams and her three children (15-year-old daughter, and sons 7 and 10) often sold fruit at a vacant lot they were helping to turn into a playground for their church with the money raised from their fruit stand. On that Friday, two thugs had carjacked a Toyota four-runner a mile away and raped the vehicle’s driver as they drove it around. They lost control of the vehicle at the point where the family was raising money for the church, hitting and killing all 4 members of the family.

7

22

2014

KY

A man kidnapped a woman at her home then forced her to drive him to the First Missionary Baptist Church. From the church he continued to hold her at gunpoint, forcing her to call her own mother to deliver money to the church in exchange for her freedom. Her mother did as ordered, but a neighbor picked up the money before the kidnapper could get to it. The kidnapper got away and the victim was released.

7

21

2014

CO

A 29-year-old soldier apparently put a gun to his own head in the parking lot of the Valley Christian Church. His body was found that Monday evening.

7

14

2014

PA

The Amir and the Imam of the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim mosque approached a 46-year-old man and accused him of stealing money after the 04:00 AM Monday prayers. They dragged the 46-year-old victim to the back yard of the mosque and began attempting to hack his hand off (in accordance with Sharia Law) with a dull 24” machete. The victim got away and will survive, but his wrist was severely cut requiring reconstructive surgery. The Imam was still evading arrest as of press time.

7

13

2014

MI

When a mentally ill man attempted to enter the Citadel of Praise Church with an ax, an off-duty police officer tried to talk him down and away (and kept him outside). The man became agitated and attacked the officer with the ax in front of the church. The officer and another responding duty officer both fired on the suspect who was hospitalized but expected to survive.

7

12

2014

OH

Police from 3 agencies were called to a shots fired call at the 40th annual Sacred Heart of Jesus Church festival. As police arrived, crowds dispersed but evidence confirmed that at least one shot had been fired.

7

12

2014

MS

Upon investigation of bullet holes at the Faith Outreach Church, police believe they occurred on Saturday night. No suspects have been named but the damage level was a felony.

7

10

2014

NC

When the pastor of the Selvia Chapel Free Will Baptist Church came into the church just after 8:00 PM that Thursday, he caught a burglar in the act. The burglar threw a hammer at the pastor then escaped but was caught a short time later. He was booked with multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

7

10

2014

IL

As Bishop James Duke and Deacon Edgar Horton were preparing for the 7:00 PM Thursday night bible study, 2-3 men (reports varied) rushed into the Liberty Christian Center. One of the men held a pistol to the pastor’s head as the other(s) collected valuables.

7

9

2014

PA

A 9-year-old boy was grabbed by a man who covered his mouth and led him to a car parked in the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church parking lot. The child was able to break away and flee the man at the vehicle. Police never located the kidnapper.

7

8

2014

OK

A man argued with another man in the parking lot of the Boston Avenue Baptist Church, and was stabbed in the argument. As the attacker walked away he began to proclaim he was going to commit suicide, so another man tried to talk him out of it. He too was stabbed. Officers arrived and shot the attacker as he continued his rants while advancing on the officers with the knife drawn.

7

8

2014

KY

An 11-year-old girl was shot in the arm while in the parking lot of the Magnolia Street Christian Church. Police were not able to find the shooter but said it was no accident.

7

7

2014

TX

A 43-year-old man pulled his car into the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship parking lot shortly after 06:00 that Monday morning. A church member began talking to him and noticed he was bleeding. The parishioner went inside to call 911 and the man followed him. The man lunged at others who tried to help, then collapsed and died. He had been stabbed.

7

4

2014

ME

An unknown person (s) rigged a bomb into the building mounted mailbox of the First Baptist Church. They detonated it leaving a hole in the wall and shrapnel marks under the church porch overhang. Neighbors heard it but just assumed it was fireworks.

6

29

2014

WI

As Kevin Nichols (a church organist) was locking up All Saints Anglican Catholic Church around 4:00 PM that Sunday, he was hit over the head from behind. 2 people held him against he wall and took nearly $1,000 in valuables from him.

6

28

2014

NY

A 30-year-old homeless man was arrested for killing 65-year-old Thomas Lamartina outside the  Emanuel Lutheran Church. Lamartina, a homeless man as well, was a regular at the church soup kitchen charity. He had been beaten in the head with a paving stone.

6

28

2014

NY

A 44-year-pld man entered the Saturday afternoon Mass at St Mary's Church and began shouting obscenities and throwing things at parishioners as he approached the priest. Several parishioners subdued the violent man and disarmed him of his .45 handgun. During the restraint the man became unresponsive and never recovered. An autopsy concluded his death was the result of heart arrhythmia brought on by an acute stress reaction, with acute alcohol intoxication. Local authorities will not assemble a grand jury and no charges will be filed against the parishioners who subdued him.

6

22

2014

NC

A 29-year-old marine punched and body slammed two 7-year-old boys outside the Northwoods United Methodist Church. One of the boys he then punched in the head causing a deep head wound and concussion. The attacker was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.

6

20

2014

CA

A gang member was gunned down and killed by other gang members in the front of the Good Shepherd Baptist Church. The shooting occurred around 1:50 that Friday AM.

6

19

2014

NY

As documented from a Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church video camera, a 41-year-old homeless man was sleeping on the church porch right up against the front doors around 11:00 PM that Thursday evening. 3 suspects walked up to him and surrounded him, then began kicking and stomping his head. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with brain injuries and died 9 days later.

6

16

2014

GA

When police arrived due to reports of an armed bank robbery, their search led them to the suspect hiding behind the Methodist Church. A fight erupted between the police and the suspect and police were forced to shoot and kill the robber on the church grounds.

6

15

2014

TX

A well-known former NFL player showed up at the Word of Truth Church with a loaded gun on his hip and speaking erratically and seeming to be under some sort of influence. Church members who were scared by his actions called police and he was apprehended after leaving the church and sent to a hospital for mental evaluation.

6

13

2014

NY

Police were already on site a funeral for a known gang member was being conducted at the Peoples AME Zion Church. After spotting another gang member who had been reported as carrying a gun, police tackled him on the lawn of the church. The gang member (with a felony record) readily admitted that his loaded .38 and rubber gloves were for use at the service.

6

13

2014

FL

As a lady was leaving the First United Methodist Church, coming across the parking lot to her car a stranger approached her. It was 09:45 on a Friday morning when he pulled a knife on her and demanded her purse. He forced her on the ground, made her get under her own car, then left in another vehicle parked nearby.

6

11

2014

MO

While her parents were attending Wednesday evening services inside the LDS Church, a 9-year-old girl was playing on the church lawn. A man wearing what authorities believe was a ski-mask walked up to her and offered her $20.00 to come with him. The girl ran into the church and alerted others. The man has not been caught.

6

11

2014

AZ

Rev. Kenneth Walker (29) and Rev. Joseph Terra (56) were priests at the Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church. That Wednesday night Terra went to see what had caused noises in the church courtyard and encountered an intruder. Terra was beaten and his .357 wrestled away from him. The degenerate beat him to the point of needing intensive care then used Terra’s gun to kill Rev. Walker. The attacker had a long list of felonies & had been recently released from prison.

6

8

2014

SC

A 26-year-old man allegedly accompanied his sister to meet her ex-boyfriend at the Bakers Chapel Missionary Baptist Church because he was concerned for her safety. The 10:00 PM parking lot meeting turned violent when the ex stabbed her brother in the chest and arm, but he will survive.

6

5

2014

WA

Seattle Pacific University (a Free Methodist founded Christian University) was the site of an intended mass murder stopped short by a quick thinking student. When the killer’s shotgun ran out of shells and before he could reload, student Jon Meis hit him with pepper spray, disarmed him, then pinned him down with the help of another student. The coward killer was intentionally off his prescribed mental medications because he “wanted to feel the hate”. His journal included satanic symbols and he had been on a tour of the Christian university earlier. A 19-year-old was killed and 2 others were injured.

6

3

2014

KS

A pipe bomb was found at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. A fuse on the device evidenced a lighting attempt had occurred but failed. It was later detonated by law enforcement.

6

1

2014

NY

A wedding reception at Holy Spirit Catholic Church turned into a crime scene quickly when two cousins got into an argument over a sterno can. One of the cousins stabbed the other in the leg, striking the femoral artery and killing him.

5

30

2014

AL

3 young men agreed to meet a drug dealer in the parking lot of the Bethany Baptist Church to buy marijuana. Instead of getting their drugs, 5 men approached them with guns taking their cash, cell phones and vehicle.

5

27

2014

MD

After arguing in front of the New Union Baptist Church with 25-year-old Latoya Skipwith, a 28-year-old woman wielded a knife at Skipwith, then got into her car and intentionally drove into the crowd Skipwith was standing with. The impact threw Skipwith and 2-year-old Joshua Carter into the church stairway killing them both and critically injuring a 7-year-old boy. The killer was out on bail for attacking a 12-year-old girl previously.

5

25

2014

GA

A drunk with his feelings hurt over not being invited to a church picnic pulled put a pistol and began shooting, wounding three at the picnic crowd of 300. When his shooting stalled, a rodeo cowboy there for the event lassoed the shooter who was held until law enforcement arrived.

5

21

2014

LA

A 32-year-old male and a 21-year-old female (each with lengthy criminal records) were arrested for killing 24-year-old Rodney Johnson behind the New Divine Outreach Ministry. Johnson was led there by the female, then the victim was shot and killed on the back lawn of the church around 1:45 on a Wednesday afternoon.

5

18

2014

FL

As a family was unloading tables and chairs into the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, they left the keys in the ignition and their 10-month-old baby girl in the car seat. As they were inside the church, two teens jumped in the vehicle and stole it with the baby inside. The baby was dropped off at a random house a few minutes later and the homeowner called police. A 14-year-old juvenile was later arrested.

5

18

2014

MA

Police responded to the People’s Baptist Church on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival early that Sunday morning they found a 20-year-old male victim laying on the church grounds with gunshot wounds. The young man died in the hospital.

5

18

2014

VA

A vehicle chase with a man fleeing Virginia State Police ended around 3:00 PM that Sunday. When the vehicle was finally stopped in the parking lot of the Ingram Village United Methodist Church, the driver exited and pointed a weapon at the state troopers. The man was shot and killed by law enforcement at that time.

5

15

2014

MO

A man was sitting in his car in the Oak Grove Baptist Church parking lot awaiting his passenger who was attending a funeral inside. An unknown assailant came up to his car and shot 9 times, hitting the victim with some of the shots. The victim tried to get into the church but collapsed outside from serious injuries. He is expected to survive, and no suspects had been arrested.

5

14

2014

UT

A man pulled his vehicle up to two boys in the parking lot of the LDS church (where they had just attended a cub-scouts meeting) telling them that their parents had asked him to pick them up. They asked him to confirm with a pre-arranged password they had worked out with their parents. When he didn’t know it the boys ran away and police tried to find the suspect but were not successful.

5

12

2014

IA

A man attempting to purchase a motorcycle off of Craigslist met the so-called seller at the Des Moines Fellowship Church parking lot. Instead of producing a motorcycle, one of the sellers (a pair of men) produced a handgun and robbed the man. A very similar incident went down 5 days earlier (see 5/7/14 incident) in the same church parking lot.

5

12

2014

FL

As he was being investigated by the Diocese regarding parish finances, Father Vladimir Dziadek of the St. Joseph Catholic Church committed suicide. His body was found hanging from a church office stair rail by a maintenance man. The priest had used a leather belt to hang himself.

5

9

2014

CA

Police discovered a male suicide victim hanging in the parking lot of the Christ Lutheran Church. Adjacent schools operated by the church were put on lockdown as police investigated the death.

5

7

2014

IA

A man attempting to purchase a motorcycle off of Craigslist met the so-called seller at a gas station, then drove to the Des Moines Fellowship Church parking lot. Instead of producing a motorcycle, the seller produced a weapon and robbed the man. A very similar incident went down 5 days later (see 5/12/14 incident) in the same church parking lot.

5

5

2014

MO

The Mercy Seat Baptist Church owns a group of apartments as a community outreach across the parking lot from the main church. 67-year-old Felix McDonald was found dead in his apartment – the victim of a brutal beating and strangulation. His own 33-year-old son has been arrested. A hammer and wire were said to be the murder weapons.

5

4

2014

NJ

As a staff member of the St. Anthony of Padua Church was walking the money bag out the same door always used for that purpose (catching a hint here?)  about 1:30 that Sunday afternoon, a man produced a gun, confronted the staff member and demanded the money. The robber took off with the money, but dropped it as he was being chased by several congregation members.

4

28

2014

KS

As the victim’s 8-year-old daughter and other children watched, a man chased and shot a woman in the parking lot of the Faith City Church following an argument between the couple. He then took his own life with the gun. The 29-year-old mother died later at the hospital.

4

26

2014

FL

As an associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church was in the church that Saturday afternoon about 3:00 with his wife, they encountered a man who had entered the church and was wandering the hallways. The man pulled a knife and demanded money from both of them. They had no money, but the robber got away with two laptops and the pastor’s cell phone. The male culprit was arrested within a week.

4

23

2014

OH

As congregants were inside St. Paul's Lutheran Church, police found a soda bomb beside their cars. The church was evacuated and police conducted a car by car exit out of the area. This was the 14th such bomb discovered in the area this year.

4

22

2014

NJ

Pastor John Harris of the Galilee Baptist Church was just getting to his sermon at a funeral for a 19-year-old when gunfire erupted turning the church into chaos as 1100 people scrambled for cover. 3 people were injured, but nobody died. Police recovered 1 firearm from inside the church, 1 outside and 3 from the arrested fleeing suspect.

4

21

2014

IL

St. Mary’s Church operates a school on their property. Nina Castor, 42, was picking up her children when she was shot to death by her estranged husband in the parking lot between the church and school. The children watched it happen. The reprobate shot and killed himself at his home as soon as he was confronted by police.

4

20

2014

OR

Life Restoration Church holds services in an elementary school rented to them on weekends. After the Easter service two women got into a fight over a man. One of the women produced a razor blade and cut the other leaving a significant injury which resulted in hospital treatment and an arrest.

4

20

2014

TN

After arguing all the way to church about the wife’s driving skills, a couple continued their argument after the Easter service at the First Baptist Church of St. Bethlehem. The wife got into the car, and tried to run over her husband who escaped injury by jumping behind trees beside the church parking lot.

4

19

2014

PA

Within an hour after children left the Bethel Apostolic Church Easter egg hunt, shots rang out on the church grounds. It appears as though several local teens had gotten into an altercation and guns came out. The pastor was alone at the church when the shooting happened.

4

18

2014

NC

When police responded to a “shots fired” call at the Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church, they discovered 11 fired 9mm cartridges behind the church. Witnesses said 3 males had been standing in the church parking lot. When a vehicle drove by, one of them began chasing it and shooting. No arrests have been made.

4

16

2014