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 and lived as the would-be robbers ran away.
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 and another was taken into custody 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 around 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 TXz 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.
9 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.
9 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.
8 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.
8 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 apparantly 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 Skpwith, 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 MD It was about 10:00 PM that Wednesday night when the son of the priest and his friend came out of the Transfiguration of our Lord Russian Orthodox Church. They had been preparing for the Easter service inside. As soon as they were outside, six armed thugs pulled guns on them and robbed them.
4 14 2014 TX 16-year-old H’Racio Allen was found that Monday morning shot to death on the sidewalk behind the Brentwood Baptist Church. He was shot twice in the head and once in the neck in what appears to be a gang-related hit.
4 13 2014 KS Thinking in error that he was killing Jews associated with the Jewish Community Center (which went into lockdown as the killings outside began) a well-known neo-Nazi puppet killed 2 Methodists and a Catholic outside the center and at a nearby home for the elderly. When the moron was arrested he began to yell, “Heil Hitler”.
4 11 2014 NC The senior pastor of the Community Bible Church committed suicide in his home by hanging himself. 
4 10 2014 WI A 22-year-old man with a history of mental issues including telling his family he wanted police to kill him stole a beef stick and soda from a gas station. He brandished a firearm when officers arrived and they followed him to the Sacred Heart Church. Outside the church he pointed his handgun at officers who fired 8 times, striking him 4 of those times. He will survive. His firearm was an airsoft with the orange markings filed away.
4 6 2014 CO At the Faith Baptist church, a 15-year-old boy got into an altercation with his 17-year-old brother after the evening service they had just attended. The younger brother stabbed the older twice in the church parking lot.
4 1 2014 OR A man shot himself in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church. It occurred about 1:30 PM on that Tuesday afternoon. The unidentified man was in emergency care as of last report.
3 27 2014 NY A newborn baby was found in a box on the doorstep of the St. Francis of Assisi Church. An autopsy confirmed the baby had been smothered to death.
3 25 2014 PA As 36-year-old Jamarow Trowery and 18-year-old Rashad Freeman were driving past the Radiant Life Alliance Church, neighbors heard gunshots. The vehicle drifted into the side of the church and came to a stop. Both men were found dead and a pistol lay in the back seat. No leads on the killer had been made public as of press time.
3 25 2014 KY On that Sunday afternoon, the First Baptist Church was mostly empty and even locked when someone began knocking on the door. The church treasurer went to the door where a man was claiming he had lost his cell phone in the earlier service (which investigators learned he had sat through). After helping him look for it, the treasurer thought the man had left, but was approached inside later by the same man holding a gun and demanding money. After getting no money, he forced the treasurer into the restroom and made him lay on the floor as the robber left.
3 16 2014 TN A 23-year-old woman drove her car through the front doors of Providence Church. When her husband came in to see what was wrong (they lived across the street) she stabbed him in the chest with a knife. He will survive.
3 14 2014 OH 15-year-old Davone Wright was attending a teen meeting at the Word of Righteousness Family Life Center when word began to spread that one of the guests had a gun. As Davone ran across the parking lot shots were fired one of which struck him in the head. He died the following Sunday.
3 11 2014 MI Someone set off multiple homemade soda bottle bombs in the parking lot of a church. Three went off and a 4th was found undetonated. Neighbors reported gun shots but police feel it was the soda bombs exploding.
3 6 2014 PA After killing another man over an issue with his wife, the distraught husband sent a photo of the victim and a text to his wife. Then he drove himself to the First Baptist Church, got out of his truck and walked around to the side of the church where he shot and killed himself.
2 28 2014 DC As a Children’s service was occurring inside the Antioch Baptist Church, gunfire erupted outside. Two brothers (Khalid and Jason Bryant) were killed in the shooting in front of the church. Worshippers were taken out the back of the church by police so the children would not have to view the scene.
2 27 2014 FL When a driver for St. Matthew’s House texted in a bomb threat to the ministry, co-workers recognized his cell phone number. The call was a hoax, but the caller was arrested. Fellow employees were surprised, and the perpetrator had been a good employee until that point.
2 26 2014 NC As 25-year-old Kourtney Krista Dawson was walking past the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, a robbery was going on nearby. The robbery victim escaped in his car, but the robber fired multiple shots at the car striking Ms. Dawson instead and she died of her wounds. The killer was arrested.
2 19 2014 AL When the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church arrived to prepare for the Wednesday evening service he found a young man dead of gun-shot wounds on the church grounds. 3 men were arrested for the murder which police are calling drug related. 2 of the 3 men were out on bail for a previous murder, and for one of those men this is the 5th murder he has been connected to.
2 5 2014 GA Police were following 27 year-old Nicholas Wade who was wanted for the beating death of a toddler when he pulled his vehicle into the parking lot of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Wade held his sawed off shotgun to his own chin, then aimed it at the police officers who fired striking him multiple times but not killing him. Wade fired once in the incident but never hit anyone.
2 2 2014 TN A 65-year-old ex husband of a woman showed up around 09:00 as the woman and her sister were preparing for the Double Springs Community Church Sunday services. An altercation ensued, and the woman’s 61-year-old sister (Etta Medley) was shot in the abdomen. She later died from her wounds, and the killer fatally shot himself in the church basement.
1 28 2014 CA 28-year-old Alexander Basham had allegedly been on a meth binge for three days when he wound up at the New Hope Community Church that Tuesday afternoon. He tried to set the cross on fire, then started throwing Molotov Cocktails at the church. 
1 27 2014 PA A woman was found dead in her vehicle in the parking lot of the Beulah United Methodist Church. She had died of a gunshot wound but no other information was ever released.
1 27 2014 NC As several neighborhood boys played basketball behind the sanctuary of Word Tabernacle Church, a lone 17-year kid sprayed the group with gunfire. 3 young men (13, 17 & 19 years old) were treated and released for injuries in the attack. The church pastor held 12-year-old Nyreek Horne in his arms awaiting paramedics after the young man was shot through his head. The shooter is in jail. Horne still needs prayer as he continues to prove the doctors wrong. Pray for this strong little man!
1 26 2014 CT A 38-year-old Russian born man lit a Molotov cocktail inside the Evangelical Christian Church. It was during the Sunday AM service when he lit the device inside the bathroom. The fire was put out and the man was arrested.
1 21 2014 MO An unidentified man’s body was found on the property line between the Nazarene Church and a neighboring business in trees rarely looked at by either property owner. The man appeared to have been dead for months according to crime scene investigators.
1 17 2014 CA An argument inside a church during a funeral got violent, and poured outside. Shots were fired as the crowd ran, but nobody appeared to have been hit (at least no-body reported being shot). Cars in the parking lot were hit, and at least one shooter continued shooting as he fled in a vehicle.
1 14 2014 IO Police were called to the First Presbyterian Church on calls that a man was breaking windows in doors with a samurai sword. By the time police arrived, the man had made it inside the church and was confronting the pastor. The man was arrested.
1 13 2014 NJ A 29-year-old man punched a woman he didn’t even know in the parking lot of the Cho Dae Church, then jumped into his car. When 2 other people from the church rushed to her aid, the attacker tried to hit them with his car as he sped away. 
1 12 2014 TX Two men were sitting in the back pew of the Sherwood Baptist Church during the service. When everyone bowed to pray, they jumped up and snatched a purse from an elderly woman’s walker nearby. The pair ran out of the church, but were chased and held by a volunteer outside patrol team even though one of the men pulled a knife. They were assisted by about 20 pursuing Baptists. 
1 12 2014 FL 27-year-old Carey M. Bordelon was found dead in the back seat of her car parked  at the First Baptist Church. Her death appears to be a suicide.
1 12 2014 CA A man had been seen loitering around the West Angeles Church of God for an hour. A church security team member approached the man, and an argument developed. The argument turned violent and the guard was stabbed but will survive. While no motive was released and arrest was made.
1 11 2014 OK The Seventh day Adventist assistant pastor discovered a woman had broken into the church, and had a knife so he called police. When officers arrived, the woman was stabbing a wall with the knife and refused to follow their demands. A tazer resulted in compliance.
1 11 2014 NC A man set his own home on fire around 2:30 that Saturday AM, then drove to St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church where he crashed his car into the front doors. He then set the sanctuary on fire, went back out into the parking lot and shot himself in the head with a 12 gauge shotgun.
1 9 2014 FL A man admitting to having drugs in his system was sitting in his car in the parking lot of a church repeating a yell that he was there to, “take the blood of sinners and give it to Jesus!” He remained belligerent and combative as officers arrived who found a loaded .32 Auto, and arrested the man.
1 9 2014 KS Few details are available after shots were heard in a new parking lot being put in by the Fellowship Bible Church. As people came across the street from the church, they found one man lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his head and some of their signs had been shot.
1 5 2014 NJ Two men were shot multiple times outside the 2nd Baptist Church. No further information has come out regarding the case. 
1 4 2014 DE As a 26-year-old lady was getting out of her car to go into the Holly Oak Calvary United Methodist Church, a man approached. He brandished a handgun and demanded money and property from her that Friday night. She refused and the robber ran off and has not been caught.
1 4 2014 GA Rev. Otis Byrd Sr., Pastor of God’s Anointed Missionary Baptist Church was found stabbed to death in his home. No suspects have been named as of press time.
1 1 2014 CA Police and an area security guard had encountered the same man several times on New Year’s Eve and in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. At least two of those encounters were at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. After being told to leave the church, the man evidently stayed around in the dark. He then entered the rectory through a window, and beat the Rev. Eric Freed to death with a wooden stake and a gutter pipe. After killing him, he wrapped the body in a blanket, doused it with 80 proof liquor and tried (unsuccessfully) to set it all on fire. He then left a gas valve open and a lit cigar burning on the floor to attempt (unsuccessfully) and explosion.
Security!? In a church?

Deadly Force Incidents at faith-based operations in the U.S.

 

NOTICE: The narrative below is new as of 6/3/2015. Please refresh yourself on the logic of the included stories and statistics and let me know if there is any question or concern with it.

 

Story updates 6/3/2015 

 

Disclaimer Notice on incident stories and statistics: Extensive effort has been made to verify accuracy in each story summary. Information is gathered from major news syndicates, law enforcement press releases, and public court records. While great care is taken with the wording of each incident, a certain margin of error exists in any collection of data. I welcome any corrective suggestions discovered by readers. I cannot be held responsible for errors, but will correct any error discovered as soon as more accurate information is confirmed.

 

NEW FOR 2015: for 2015 and beyond, this incident tracking will include all incidents where the senior pastor (and / or members of the pastor’s family) was murdered at their home. Such an event would affect any church security operator deeply, so we need to know about these as well. 2015 has some awful stories in this regard.

 

When I started tracking deadly force incidents at faith-based organizations I had ideas of what such an incident looked like. Those ideas came from archetypical stories like Alvin Lee King (6/22/1980) or Shon Miller (3/10/1999) shooting church congregants as they sat in a worship service. As reading dozens of stories in a few years turned into researching hundreds of stories over more than a decade, a clearer understanding of the assorted nature of deadly force incidents emerged. Details of every attack are unique, but patterns developed and trends emerged to challenge pre-conceived notions. The reality of vulnerabilities and what really constituted a deadly force incident expanded.

 

By 2005, I knew that the number of deadly force incidents I had recorded surprised others as I disclosed the findings – nobody had any idea of the frequency and volume of deadly force incidents related to US churches and ministries. I wanted to publish the findings -- to list stories that would be of applicable interest to church security operators and to provide occasional details as lessons learned.

 

One of the biggest misconceptions I still encounter with some readers is that we should only be concerned about an incident that has something to do specifically with the church – an opinion that we should analyze the details of an attack on faith-based property to see if there was some sort of “connection” to the ministry.

 

As if a stabbing at a Wal-Mart would have to be related to the cost of underwear for store security to be concerned? If a dead body showed up on the front steps of your home it would be irrelevant to you? If a drug deal turned bad and ended with gunfire on the White House lawn it wouldn’t be noteworthy if the President wasn’t even there at the time and no connection to the President could be confirmed? Any church that has experienced violence on their grounds knows how personal it is, whether it happened during a service or not and regardless of the connection to the church.

 

Connection is between the church and the community. If we become so disconnected as to not care when a gang fight in our parking lot claims a young life, we are missing our mission. The Central Church of Christ of Sarasota Florida modeled this connection for others after the body of 11-year old Carlie Brucia was found in their parking lot on Feb 5th 2004 following her abduction from a nearby car wash on Feb 1st. Though no evidence suggested she was actually killed there, the church now conducts an annual “Kids Safety Rally” and maintains a “Garden of Joy” in Carlie’s honor. It hit them as it should. It was their community and the crime had a dark and significant component of it that occurred on their property.

 

I also know there are still stories missed. I know police officers who have worked homicides, attempted homicides and suicides at faith-based properties where there was never any discoverable information publicized. If not allowed to list the source in the data base, I do not publish the story.

 

A deadly force incident is still one of the least likely things to happen at a ministry. The research published on this website verifies it happens more than previously thought.

 

Statistics can be found (or manipulated) to support predetermined opinions. So care must be taken in the gathering and presentation. I try very hard to discover and present simple truth in numbers and narratives. There is no agenda aside from information for the proliferation of awareness in order to start, improve or confirm safety and security readiness in faith-based operations.

 

This website is not in competition with any other website, speaker or author. Others contribute many good things through their websites and diverse venues. Paul said, “Test everything. Hold on to the good,”[i] Test what you find here and on other sites then apply the combination of all the best to your specific ministry. But get started.

 

You will find incidents from this year and the last full year prior summarized on this site. There are volumes of news stories, court documents, and eyewitness accounts of these stories compiled into statistical information which has been summarized in the tab of VIOLENCE STATISTICS in order to establish meaningful data.

 

Contact me at cdchinn@msn.com if you wish to offer information on any of the listed stories, ones missed, or for a copy of the “Story Source and Publishing Policy.”

 

Thank you for your visit to this website, and keep up the great work of keeping His people safe.



[i] 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New International Version)