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2013

Aliquippa, PA

As 85-year-old Sister Mary Morgan was walking across the parking lot of the St. Titus Church around 11:30 that Friday AM, an 18-year-old male walked up behind her. He asked if she needed help. She thanked him, but said no. At that point he exposed himself to her and she began to walk away. Then he attacked and raped her so violently she went into the hospital with a broken jaw. 

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11

2013

Spokane, WA

A 19-Year-Old male told authorities he was suicidal and angry at God when he attacked the Life Center Church. Fortunately, nobody was in the church when Evans intentionally raced his car at the church smashing through the outside wall, plowing through the stage and ending up in the pews. 

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11

2013

Middletown, CT

A 47-year-old man became upset that his girlfriend was in the process of filing a restraining order. So he called her saying he was going to force police to kill him so it would be on the 5:00 news in order to smear her name. Police found him at the Holy Trinity Church, and were able to talk him down without killing him.  

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8

2013

West Palm Beach, FL

A 23-year-old male had just been released from prison when he sexually attacked an ex - girlfriend, then killed her twin sister. After these crimes he drove to the Grace Episcopal Church and committed suicide in their parking lot.

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8

2013

Pontiac, MI

The pastor of a local church tossed a Molotov cocktail he found on the church grounds into a trash can and went ahead with his service, not calling law enforcement until 2 hours later (after he was done preaching). When police arrived they found another one close to the church. I understand why he doesn’t want anyone to know the name of his church. The suspect is a 39-year-old man who has made threats against the church.

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6

2013

Washington, IN

A drug deal went bad at the Ebenezer Church about 2:13 AM. 17-year-old Devan Burris was shot and killed with a .410 shotgun. 4 young men – aged 14 through 19 have been charged in connection with the murder.

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4

2013

Prairie du Chien, WI

As a 68-year-old man was opening up St. Gabriel's Church about 6:15 AM, he was attacked by a 44-year-old-man. The attacker hit the older man twice with a golf club and then struck his car several more times. Police arrested the perpetrator who then punched a jailer so hard the jailer was taken to the hospital.

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2013

New Orleans, LA

38-year-old Dion Richard was gunned down and killed in front of the Genesis Missionary Baptist Church. Richard lived nearby and was in front of the church about 8:00 that Friday night when an unknown attacker shot him multiple times in the chest and back.

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2013

St. Rose, LA

23-year-old Ramal Ellis was the Worship leader of the Fifth African Baptist Church, and quite involved in community outreach. His body was found riddled with bullets behind his church. No suspects had been named as of press time.

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2013

Portland, OR

A garbage collection man found a pipe bomb next to the trash cans in the parking lot of the Montavilla United Methodist Church. A metro bomb squad used a robot to detonate the device, but no suspects have been named.

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26

2013

Ocean City, MD

A 56-year-old frequent charity recipient had a long arrest record. On that Tuesday morning, he bought some gasoline at a Shell station close to the St. Paul’s By The Sea Episcopal Church. 30 minutes before the church charitable food bank was to begin, he poured the gasoline all over his body, then set himself on fire and ran into the rectory. While on fire he grabbed female volunteer Dana Truitt, telling her, “you’re not going anywhere”. Truitt said, “watch me” – then forced her way out of his burning grip and escaped. Truitt was severely burned but will survive. The attacker died as did Pastor David Dingwall who succumbed to smoke inhalation while trying to save his computer in the fire. Truitt had dealt with the offender many times through the years, seeing him often as pleasant and other times being drunk and unpleasant. 

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24

2013

Aurora, CO

Concern over a man with a gun at an Aurora theater caused police to respond. Once there, they encountered a man who ran from them. They caught up with him at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, where he shot himself.

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19

2013

Houston, TX

As a deacon who is also a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy went outside the Living Word Faith Center, he saw a man breaking into cars. When the man reached into his own vehicle for something, the off-duty deputy feared for his life and fired several rounds. The offender got away and it does not appear that he was hit by any of the bullets.

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19

2013

Las Vegas, NV

A 26-year-old BYU graduate shot and killed himself in the courtyard of the Mormon temple. He had battled depression for many years. Services were in session inside the building as he shot himself.

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19

2013

Bennett, NC

A 56 year-old man was driving a friend when the two got into an argument. They pulled over in the first parking lot they could find – that of the Buelah Baptist Church -- to slug it out. The offender picked up a wooden club and began to beat the victim with it. The victim had to be airlifted to a hospital and the offender was charged with attempted murder.

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18

2013

Oakland, CA

Two armed men robbed a man some distance from St. Benedict's church. As police responded, one of the men ran into the church, while another went into a nearby housing development where he took a hostage (who was later released).  The armed criminal who escaped through the church has never been caught.

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17

2013

Yakima, WA

Two as-yet unidentified men walked into the downtown Christ the King Community Church at 6:00 PM as the evening service was about to start. Producing a gun, they demanded cash from the folks already there. When discovering there was no cash, they took laptop computers and fled. 

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16

2013

Muskegon, MI

At a regularly scheduled free Saturday AM community breakfast at the First Congregational Church a woman became enraged. She began to proclaim she was going to kill somebody. She left the church, and was stopped by an officer whom she attacked with a fork as soon as he began to speak to her. 

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14

2013

St Paul, MN

90-year-old Howard Kidder was preparing to go into the Mounds Park United Methodist Church (where he has attended for 78 years) when he was stopped by a masked man outside. Kidder believes it was a teenager under the “scream” mask, but took it serious when the youth brandished a handgun. Kidder did the right thing by throwing his full wallet on the ground for the robber who has not been caught.

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11

2013

Spartanburg, SC

As people were attending an anger management class in the Second Presbyterian Church that Monday night, a pair of gunmen came into the church. They demanded cash from the group and got away with about $500.00. 

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10

2013

River Oaks, IL

A strange woman appeared at the First Presbyterian Church posing as the mother of 2 of the children wanting to take them. A ministry worker knew she wasn’t the mother and resisted, telling her the children were busy. The woman left in anger, and police are stepping up patrols after the attempted abduction.

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9

2013

Virginian Beach, VA

A mother at the Thalia United Methodist Church flea market noticed her 6-year-old had wondered off that Saturday AM. Then she spotted the child being led away by a stranger. 52-year-old Ruben Torres (a registered sex offender) was arrested and charged with abduction by force and DUI.

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9

2013

Springfield, MO

26-year-old Brad White had been told not to come to the Christian Schools of Springfield (associated with the Baptist Temple). He also has a court order not to have unsupervised contact with his children who attend there. But he showed up and punched a staffer in the face when told he had to leave. Security quickly pulled him off the staffer, but then he pulled a pistol and started shouting, “I’ll kill all of you – I’ll shoot” as he was backing out of the school. He never fired and has been arrested.

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2013

Conway, SC

Ryan O’Neil Sumpter has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at another man in the parking lot of a church.

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2

2013

Ray, ND

54-year-old Billy Varner burst through a back door with a pump shotgun about 7 PM as homily was starting at St. Joseph Catholic church and ordered the 35 parishioners to the ground. After the priest handed him a bag with the money, the robber ran from the church with some parishioners chasing him. When he was arrested, authorities discovered he was wanted for questioning in the Chicago area for the recent deaths of his girlfriend and mother, and has now been charged with those murders.

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24

2013

Memphis, TN

1 man was killed and 2 others seriously wounded in a car sitting outside the Greater Community Temple Church. No suspects for the shooting as of press time.

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23

2013

Camden, NJ

A shootout outside of a church had church members diving for cover and crawling across the floor as some of the bullets hit the church. When it was over one man involved in the shootout outside was dead and a woman in serious condition.

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21

2013

Vancouver, WA

33-year-old Kent Richardson was homeless and attempting to steal gas out of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Peoples Church. Another homeless man with a lengthy criminal history (first-degree escape, violation of a Superior Court sentence, violation of a domestic violence court order and false reporting – all this year and assaults dating back to 2007) attacked him, stabbing him in the chest with a knife. The attacker’s girlfriend was also implicated by hiding the weapon.

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20

2013

North Hampton, OH

Police Chief Jarrod Campbell said he has rarely seen “an incident this brutal” in telling of an attack on the Bridge Community Church pastor. 28-year-old James Maxie sat through the service, but erupted afterwards when Pastor Norman Hayes (57) began to question Maxie’s girlfriend if she felt safe with Maxie. Maxie – a self-described militant atheist -- exploded and began to brutally beat the pastor with his fists. Typical for abusers, Maxie later expressed how sorry he was.

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19

2013

Savannah, GA

After police responded to reports of gunfire, they found Audie Walker Murphy dead behind the New Covenant Holiness Church. A 20-year-old male killer was arrested in December

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19

2013

Colorado Springs, CO

As members of the Vanguard Church arrived at Sunday morning services, they came into a scene of crime tape and police activity as 25-year-old Carlos Eduardo Zuasnabar had been found dead in the church parking lot at about 5:00 that morning. The victim was stabbed to death, and no attacker has been named as yet.

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19

2013

Charlotte, NC

As members of the Serbian Orthodox Church were decorating their property for an annual event, 52-year-old Dravko Gligoric verbally attacked one of the women. When other church members came to her aid, the man became violent and began to attack all of them. They retreated into the church, but he kicked the door down yelling he was going to kill them as he attacked with fists, a hammer and biting. 6 men jumped on him and held him for police.

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14

2013

Barboursville, WV

Former Administrative Law Judge David Daugherty was under a congressional investigation which it appears he attempted to avoid by suicide. A church worker found him the church parking lot unconscious with a garden hose from his exhaust pipe into the car, and called 911. Authorities used the church defibrillator in the treatment of Daugherty.

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12

2013

Angier, NC

Pat Chisenhall is the founder and pastor of Abundant Life Worship Center. His estranged son-in-law (Christian Lamar Griggs whom they had a restraining order against) came to the pastors home(where Grigg’s ex-wife was back living) in anger late that Saturday AM, and the Chisenhalls called 911. 6 minutes after the original call, 911 received another call saying pastor Chisenhall had needed to shoot and kill the attacker. 

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10

2013

St. Louis, MO

As an 83-year-old nun was entering the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 5:45 AM, a man pulled a screwdriver and forced her into the church. Once inside the robber pushed her to the ground and took her purse.

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5

2013

Syracuse, NY

A 60-year-old man met a woman named Ashley at a bar, then took her to another bar. She then asked him to take her to the parking lot of the Transfiguration Church to pick up her girlfriend. When he pulled into the church parking  lot about 2:00 AM, two men jerked his door open, then they and the woman beat and robbed him, leaving him bleeding on the parking lot until he was discovered the next morning.

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4

2013

Austin, TX

When a CCH holder went to investigate a security alarm at the Texas Oaks Baptist Church, he found a vehicle sitting by a storage shed. Then 35-year-old Jesse Silva appeared from the building. The guard ordered him to stop, warning he was armed. Silva instead jumped in his vehicle and allegedly tried to run the guard over. The guard fired multiple times, striking Silva (who escaped) at least once. Silva was later dropped off at a hospital where he was arrested.

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2

2013

Americus, GA

As a funeral was concluding at the Concord Methodist Church for his mother, 53 year-old Jack Aycock was shot by his former mother-in-law (Helen Cason). After singing together in the church, Cason just walked up to him outside and shot him in the chest. Aycock will survive. Cason has been arrested for attempted murder. Cason’s husband said the attack was related to her dementia, authorities say it is a long-running family feud. It could be both.

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1

2013

Hyattsville, MD

Police are looking for any information related to an attempted murder in the parking lot of the Redeemer Lutheran Church where a man who jumped out of a Van was then intentionally ran over.

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28

2013

The Woodlands, TX

The Stonebridge Church has a popular wooded area developed into a disk golf recreational area open to the public. On this date the body of Micaela C. Hernandez-Juarez was found. Her husband, Uriel David Juarez was arrested and charged with her murder. Police have discovered the couple went to play Disk Golf at the church recreational area, became engaged in an argument that turned violent and resulted in him killing her some days before the body was discovered.

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27

2013

South Buffalo, NY

Duane E. Dalton. Michael Rodriguez, and Daniel Bernardi, (ages 21 through 31) were arrested after the 9:00 PM robbery of Our Lady of Charity Catholic Church. The three had forced Monsignor David Lee to open the church safe at knifepoint. Before leaving with their loot, they tied the monsignor up, but he was otherwise unhurt. 

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27

2013

Raleigh, TN

Warren Smith was arrested for a violent assault on a woman behind the Broadmoor Baptist Church. The lady was able to identify him in a lineup after he attacked her behind the church -- beating , kicking and choking her as he raped her. When he was done he threatened her life if she went to the police.

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27

2013

Lake Charles, LA

Woodrow Karey Jr., (53) walked into his former home church (Tabernacle of Praise) about 8:15 that Friday evening as Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. was singing with his congregants. He was carrying a shotgun and a .22 pistol. He fired the shotgun at the pastor as he walked up the aisle, but missed. As people began to scramble he shot the pastor in the back, then walked up to him and shot him again at close range, then stood over him till he died. Karey turned himself in. Karey’s wife had filed rape charges against the pastor on Wednesday prior to the shooting.

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26

2013

Norfolk, VA

Police responding to reports of gunshots found a bullet hole through a glass door and into an inside wall of the New Central Baptist Church. Police found two men suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds in the nearby area. It appears that the bullet striking the church was incidental to the gunfight which took place somewhere else. 

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26

2013

Altamonte Springs, FL

An employee of the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School went into the school around 6:00 AM to kill himself. Another employee called police, and the man shot himself in the chest and in his face as police arrived.

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24

2013

Clairton, PA

A 14-year-old girl with autism was approached by a man in a green sedan in the parking lot of the Pine Run United Methodist Church. When the man attempted to grab her, she broke free and ran but he gave chase. The girl was able to escape, and police are looking for the man.

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20

2013

Danville, KY

48-year-old Kenneth A. Keith was pastoring the Main Street Baptist Church, but had previously owned a pawn shop in the area. Police believe the pastor returned to the pawnshop that Friday, where he shot and killed the two new owners (a husband / wife pair) and a gold buyer.

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18

2013

South Bend, IN

As the Kingdom Christian Center drummer leaving the about 2:30 that Wednesday afternoon after practicing, he saw a masked man standing at the back door of the church. When he saw a gun, he turned to run out the front as the gunman fired twice, narrowly missing him. The shooter left and has not been identified. Church members are “shocked and amazed” that such a thing could happen in a church. 

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17

2013

Florence, AL

46-year-old Wesley Mattox was inside the Seventh-day Adventist Church and went out to the parking lot to check on his car. As he walked across the parking lot, his (soon-to-be ex) brother-in-law (42-year-old Anthony Winburn) attacked him with a knife, stabbing him twice. Mattox got the knife away from Windurn and hit him in the head with the knife handle. Both men were taken to hospitals (Winburn by helicopter) and expected to survive.

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16

2013

Gasronia, NC

69-year-old Claude Burdette was preparing breakfast at about 05:00 AM in the Family Life Center of the Flint Groves Baptist Church. Someone knocked on the back door, and when he opened it he was forced outside by two hooded men with guns. The men demanded his wallet, but it was inside the building (the door had shut and locked behind Burdette). When co-worker Tony Patterson showed up, they forced both men into a vehicle and forced them to withdraw funds from an ATM before eventually releasing them.

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15

2013

Holyoke, MA

An armed and masked man entered the Iglesia Renacimient Misionera (Pentecostal) Church during the service robbing multiple parishioners. The robber -- armed with a handgun -- escaped with an undisclosed amount of valuables from the 20 folks in the service and has not been arrested.

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14

2013

Spartanburg, SC

The Legacy Outreach Church was shot 16 times – 3 of the shots inside the sanctuary. The shots were discovered by the Pastor who at first blamed deer hunters, even posting a sign to encourage better aim, even though there were shell casings on the floor.   

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14

2013

Rock Hill, SC

A 24-year-old man was viewing the gravesite of his deceased girlfriend at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior cemetery when a man jumped over the fence. As the man approached him, he pulled out a pistol and demanded cash and the cell-phone. 

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14

2013

Providence, R.I.

47-year-old James Hayes was shot outside of the Iglesia Evangilica Church. When police arrived they found him screaming from pain on the floor of the sanctuary where he had ran to escape the shooter. It seems he will survive.

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9

2013

Benton City, WA

55-year-old Michael Edwards was found dead from a severe stabbing attack in the parking lot of the Assembly of God Church he attended.  A pair of18 and a 19-year-old male suspects were later arrested for his murder – the 18-year-old claiming Edwards owed him money.

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8

2013

Spring, TX

At least 8 shots were fired in the parking lot of Spring Baptist Church during the funeral of a 17-year-old stabbing victim. Members of “the Brown Pride” gang were allegedly seen inside the sanctuary just before the shots were fired outside. People in the church dived under the pews as the shots rang out, but nobody was hurt.

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8

2013

Birmingham, AL

Two homeless men got into an altercation (not an argument, as both men are deaf and mute) in the kitchen of the Church of the Reconciler. One of the men cut the throat of the other with a box-cutter. The attacker had to be pepper sprayed by responding police in order to arrest him. The injured man will survive.

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6

2013

Norwood, NJ

Inside the sanctuary of St. Brendan’s Church (one of the oldest churches in the Bronx) a man attempted suicide by shooting himself in the chest. The man will survive, and the church re-consecrated their sanctuary. 

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2

2013

Fayetteville, NC

Ayana Kenyatta Taylor began to act dangerous in the parking lot of the Campground United Methodist church, and those around her called police. When police arrived she was wielding a hammer. In the fight that resulted, she was hit by a tazer, continued to fight, tried to stab the police with scissors, then stole their squad car and drove away with the police needing to catch a ride from a citizen to pursue her. She wrecked the police cruiser and was arrested. She apparently has a history of Schizophrenia.

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29

2013

Burr Ridge, IL

In what has become the first murder in the history of the small town, 27-year-old Michael Zaky Bassalya shot and killed his mother in the parking lot of the St Mark Orthodox Coptic Church. Bassaly claims he planned to kill her (61-year-old Yvonne Bassaly) and himself out of fear of Egyptian community reprisal for asylum papers he had forged. The killer claims his mother asked to go to the church and pray, then once there asked him to kill her.

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22

2013

Coos Bay, OR

Acting on the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996, the FBI has joined with other law-enforcement agencies attempting to identify a man who set fire to the Coos Bay Chapel and attempted to ignite a bomb planted inside with the fire. 

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19

2013

Chicago, IL

On the steps by the front door of the Uptown Baptist Church, gang violence erupted with what many are saying was 20 gunshots leaving 1 man dead, 1 critical and three others injured. A prayer service and feeding of the homeless was in session in the church. The pastor felt some of the injured were coming to eat. The shooter is in custody.

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18

2013

Homestead, PA

2 young men shoved an 82-year-old woman down on the sidewalk as she exited the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Sunday service. They ran off with her purse. She had a broken shoulder, broken face bones and a cut over her eye. She will survive, and 18-year-old Michael Duku has been arrested.

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14

2013

Wichita, KS

Police believe a 32-year-old man whose body was found floating in an ornamental pond at the Central Community Church committed suicide. He had left a suicide note at his home when he was last seen on Wednesday. His body was discovered on Saturday the 17th and authorities feel he had been in the water since the 14th.

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13

2013

Somerville, NJ

An officer responding to an area burglary spotted the suspect – 26-year-old Archie Ashley – walking towards the back door of the St. Mathias Church. When the officer tried to stop him, a fight resulted with Ashley punching the officer in the chest, neck and head then disarming the officer and shooting at him with his own gun barely missing. Ashley was charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

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12

2013

Colorado Springs, CO

42-year-old William Thomas was staying in the basement of the Remnant Church as the area homeless are allowed to do. He and 36-year-old Janus Armstead (homeless) got into an argument about 2:00 that Monday morning, and Thomas stabbed Armstead who was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries but did survive. Thomas was arrested.

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29

2013

Williamsport, PA

Christina Marie Emerick, 23, became enraged at her former boyfriend (28-year-old Christopher Downs) in the parking lot of the St. John's-Newberry United Methodist Church. Many children were around the church for VBS as she shot him several times with a .410 revolver, then jumped on him and beat him in the head with the gun when she ran out of ammo. A motorist passing by intervened without weapons, and Downs is expected to survive.

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28

2013

Bon Wier, TX

Belgrade Baptist Church pastor Luther P. Jones apparently had a long-standing feud with his nephew, 34-year-old Curtis Paul Jones. Curtis was headed to a different church that Sunday morning when someone from the Belgrade Baptist church allegedly flagged him into the parking lot. As soon as he pulled in, 64-year-old Luther shot him several times through the passenger side window killing him. Luther Jones is charged with murder and his son (45-year-old Luther Jr.) is also charged in connection with the murder.

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26

2013

Hot Springs, AR

A 4-year-old girl was playing in the Nazarene church with her brothers as their parents were working in the church on that Friday afternoon. When she ran outside to play a man saw her, told her he had a secret, then grabbed her by the hand and led her away.  The parents soon realized their daughter was missing and called police. Police found her ½ mile away being led by the hand of 67-year-old Robert Gerald Walker who told police he was her Grandfather. NOTE: In nearly 700 stories, I have never commented before – but I will now. There is not a punishment cruel enough for this low-life degenerate (and I can think of some very cruel things I would be honored to do to him).

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25

2013

Wilmington, DE

Becoming the 2nd deadly force incident at a church in Wilmington in as many days, a man was shot and wounded in the parking lot of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Both churches are in high crime areas. The man will survive after being shot in the neck and left arm.

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25

2013

Middleton, PA

62-year-old Monette Bressler killed herself on the grounds of the Lima United Methodist Church. Her body was found in bushes at the front of the church.

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24

2013

Wilmington, DE

Rev. Paul Williams was carjacked at gunpoint outside of the St. Paul's Catholic Church. Police later found the stolen vehicle nearby where youth were playing basketball. When 19-year-old Deiondre Travis finished playing basketball and attempted to drive the vehicle away, he was arrested on the spot.

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24

2013

Kinloch, MO

Two men claiming to have a weapon robbed a man inside the Second Missionary Baptist Church about 9:00 on that Wednesday morning.

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23

2013

Homewood, AL

The wife of Rev. Richard Shahan (Associate pastor of 1st Baptist, Birmingham) was found stabbed to death in their church-owned home. Rev. Shahan was briefly held and questioned, but soon released. He was arrested again in January 2014 as he attempted to board a flight for Germany. He was charged with murder that day.

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21

2013

Cudahy, WI

Father Jan Kieliszewski committed suicide inside the Nativity of the Lord Parish (1 of 2 parishes he oversaw) some time before Sunday AM Mass was about to commence. Diocese officials disclosed there was nothing suspect in his records except recent medical conditions.

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18

2013

Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Father Lesly Jean of the St. Helen Church was giving a tour of the campus to a fellow priest around 10:00 PM on that Thursday night. Two men jumped over a nearby fence and robbed them at gunpoint. They also demanded they get on the ground, but one of the priests refused saying, “shoot me”. The two men jumped back over the fence and left in an SUV driven by a female accomplice.

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18

2013

Houston, TX

Neighbors heard gunfire erupt at the Calvary Hill Baptist Church about 1:50 that Thursday AM, then saw a black Mercedes speed away. When police arrived they found 54-year-old Gerald Lynn Johnson dead in the church parking lot. Jamon Derrell Walker, 23, was arrested for the murder. Robbery is the suspected motive 

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16

2013

Las Angeles, CA

Undercover officers were sitting in an unmarked car outside of a Pentecostal church as a funeral was being conducted for a known gang member. Another gang member approached the officers and pulled a gun, which resulted in them shooting him dead. Then a muzzle flash was observed from the church as other gang members ran into it. Police conducted a full call-out of everyone in the church and arrested two more people from inside the service. 

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15

2013

Jersey City, NJ

As worshippers were inside the Muslim Federation of New Jersey, gunfire erupted outside. A young man believed to be the intended victim ran through the mosque knocking people over then out a side door as the gunfire hit cars and the building. No arrests have yet been made. 

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15

2013

Cheektowaga, NY

As a funeral was taking place at the St. Aloysius Church that Monday morning, 2 men knocked on the rectory door. When one of the two women in that part of the church opened the door, the two men forced their way in. Wearing haz-mat suits and dust masks, one of the men put a knife to one of the women’s throat, while the other held a gun to the other woman’s head and demanded cash.

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14

2013

Gallup, NM

As the pastor of the Native Bible Fellowship Church was getting things ready for Sunday service, he found two men dead under the wheel chair ramp at the church entrance. Though area police are tight-lipped about any details, they are investigating it as a double homicide.

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30

2013

Uniondale, NY

As 70 people were gathered for services inside the Tabernacle of Joy Baptist Church, Jonathan Mack and Isaac Andrews argued over money outside. Mack produced a gun and shot Andrews, killing him on the church grounds.

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26

2013

Columbus, GA

57-year-old David Rutherford was found beaten and shot to death in the parking lot of the Greater Ward Chapel AME Church. 17-year-old Cody Jamal Mathis was arrested related to the murder. Robbery appears to be the motive.

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23

2013

Lexington, MS

A fight broke out inside the Asia Missionary Baptist Church between deacons and the pastor. Police had responded and the leaders had cooperated and agreed to settle it peacefully. However as the officers were leaving out the back door of the church in the little town of 1,700 people, they encountered 26-year-old Cacedric White who had brought a shotgun to defend his dad (one of the deacons). After firing once, one officer responded by shooting and killing him.

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21

2013

Jacksonville, FL

After meeting with Police on Friday morning to discuss his obligations as a registered sex offender living in the community, 56-year-old Donald James Smith befriended 8-year-old Charish Perriwinkle and her mother. After a few hours of shopping for them that Friday evening, he slipped away from the mother with the girl. Charish’s body was found the next day behind the Highlands Baptist Church.

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17

2013

Jackson, MS

As congregants were standing outside the Northminister Baptist Church, two men got out of a nearby car, forced them onto the ground at gunpoint and robbed them. Video cameras at an area convenience store were critical in the identification needed to arrest the men. The arrested men are suspects in the similar incident listed on 6/13/13. Investigators indicated the attackers were looking for people lingering after church. Both churches increased security after the incidents.

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16

2013

Ogden, UT

66-year-old James Evans was participating in Mass at St. James the Just Catholic Church when his son-in-law (who had just walked in moments before hand-in-hand with Evans’ daughter) walked up to him and shot him in the head with a handgun pulled out of his waste band. Evans will survive. The shooter had a history of criminal activity, including domestic abuse with Evans’ daughter. Drugs and alcohol may have been a contributor.

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13

2013

Jackson, MS

As 4 women were standing outside the St. Richard church, two men got out of a nearby car, forced them onto the ground at gunpoint and robbed them. The men struck again 4 days later and were arrested (see 6/17/13 incident).

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10

2013

Albuquerque NM

As the funeral for his sister was being held at the New Beginnings Church, 59-year-old William Chavez walked into the service. The pastor recalled later that he was “very suspicious and had a weird aura…” Security tried to de-escalate as Chavez began to argue with his sons, then escorted all three outside. Once outside, Chavez pulled a gun in anger, shooting his son and shooting at security as he fled. He was later arrested, and the son is expected to survive. The security guards effectively mitigated the attack, and kept it away from the crowd.

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8

2013

Mt. Healthy, OH

4 shots were fired into a gazebo where the Assumption Parish Church was holding a festival. A 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were both struck, but recovering from their wounds. Police have no suspects, but believe there were two male attackers.

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2013

Union City, TN

While it took until 6/3/13 for enough evidence to result in an indictment, former Second Baptist Church pastor Eddie Mallonee had conspired (with a woman in his church) to kill his wife since 2011. Mallonee and Shelley Shannon Moran had devised ways of poisoning his wife, but their plot was discovered prior to doing it. Both have been charged with crimes related to conspiring to commit murder

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2013

Lilburn, GA

A mother was briefly distracted as her 10-year-old daughter roller-skated in the 1st Baptist Church parking lot. A man began chatting with the little girl complimenting her on how pretty she was – that she could be a model. Then he asked her to get into his car with him. The mother approached and the man sped off. Police have no doubt an abduction attempt was interrupted at the last minute.

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2013

Little River, SC

59-year-old Paul Gabriel was asked to leave the Mt. Calvary Baptist Sunday evening church. As he left he said he would be back. He returned with a rifle and a gas can with which police found him near the church. He told officers he was “going to get” and “going to burn” a man who was sleeping with women of the church.

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2013

Lancaster, PA

As two men were in line waiting to be served  a free Saturday morning breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church, one of the men (Israel Polanco-Cano – who police located and arrested 6 months later) stabbed the other multiple times in the chest and throat. The 32-year-old victim is expected to survive.

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2013

Huntsville, AL

76-year-old Anthony Jackson and his 69-year old brother Terry were murdered while at the West Huntsville United Methodist Church getting the Tuesday morning food pantry ready. Both men (who were regular helpers at the outreach) were found stabbed to death by another outreach worker. No suspects have been found.

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19

2013

New Orleans, LA

As the congregation of 148 was in the Sunday morning service in the Kingdom Hall Church, 36-year-old Sanders Floyd, Jr. set fire to the church front doors. Floyd used a combustible liquid he poured on the doors for the arson. 

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2013

St. Clair Shores, MI

Several people noticed a single male walking around in the late Saturday night St. Joan of Arc church festival / carnival. After he went to his car in the parking lot across the street he fired a single gunshot from his car, sending carnival workers and patrons scrambling for cover. Nobody was hit, and the shooter left after firing only one time. He has not yet been identified.

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2013

Grand Island, NE

Consistent with how we often see it, Mirna Medina-Colocho met her violent ex-boyfriend (Aslin Nabarro who had a restraining order) in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Cathedral (as a “safe place”). As stunned parishioners watched, Nabarro became angry and stabbed her 20 times in her upper torso and head. She will live. Nabarro stabbed himself too, but will live in incarceration.

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13

2013

Louisville, KY

Around 7:00 PM that Monday evening, a 23-year-old man was setting in his car in the parking lot of the Highland Park Missionary Baptist Church, reflecting on the anniversary of his infant son’s untimely death.  As he was thinking on it, a man approached his car and demanded that he get out. When the distraught dad refused, the man shot him then ran off. The wounds are not life threatening.

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12

2013

Albuquerque, NM

74-year-old Merced Estrada was standing outside the San Jose Parish visiting with friends after the service when she dropped to the ground. Nobody had heard any shots, but a bullet had struck her in the head. She was recovering in the hospital, and police have nothing to go on, but are guessing it may have not been intentional.

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6

2013

Birmingham, AL

While cutting the grass for the Zion Star Missionary Baptist Church as a hired landscape contractor, 76-year-old Birl Jackson was shot and killed. Witnesses heard three shots then his grandson found him dead in his truck in the parking lot of the church. Investigators believe robbery was the motive, and had 2 suspects in custody.

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5

2013

Ogden, UT

Sometime after Sunday services and before Monday morning work, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window into an LDS Ward house. No suspects as of press time, the fire burned itself out in the kitchen before being discovered.

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5

2013

Mt. Pleasant, TX

After 14-year-old Ruby Zavala broke up with a 22-year-old boyfriend, he turned violent and possessive (he had previous sexual violence arrests). When Ruby, her mother and a 3-year-old sister came out of the St. Michael Catholic Church Sunday afternoon following Mass, he was waiting at the family pick-up truck. He forced them into the truck at knife-point. The abductor let the mother and 3-year-old out, and was apprehended later due to a massive man-hunt (and Amber Alert) before harming Ruby.

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2013

Jacksonville, FL

John Henry Bowser (76) was in the parsonage of the Glorious Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith when Terrence Rashad Wright (24) bludgeoned him to death with a hammer. Wright was recently released from incarceration in the latest of a history of criminal acts. He had been hanging around the church looking for work, and some had warned pastor Bowser to be cautious of the man. Robbery for cocaine money was the motive. 

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2013

Albuquerque, NM

People were shaking hands with 24-year-old Lawrence Capener (whose mother is a regular attendee of the St. Jude Thaddeus Roman Catholic Church where the attack happened) noticed he was acting strangely, and his palms were sweaty. Then without warning, he rushed the choir stage going over pews as he attacked. Once on stage he yelled, “Fake Preacher!” and stabbed 4 people in the attack. All 4 will live. He was convinced one of his victims was a Mason worthy of dying, and only apologized for the other three. He was subdued by congregants and held down until police arrived.

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2013

Frostproof, FL

25-year-old Travis Fogle had his girlfriend drive him to the First Baptist Hilltop Church for a planned meeting with Jamanus Beck. When Fogle walked over to Beck’s car in the parking lot, there was a gunshot. Fogle dropped to the ground. Fogle died, and Beck was later arrested and charged with murder.

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2013

Bakersfield, CA

47-year-old Johnny Reyes got into an argument with another man in the parking lot of the Spanish LDS church around 4:15 that Sunday afternoon. Reyes shot the man several times then ran over him, but the man is expected to survive. Police consider Reyes as armed and dangerous, but have not been able to locate him.

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2013

Austin, TX

Police were able to de-escalate a situation where a man had climbed onto the roof of the Congress Avenue Baptist Church with a gun. Though he threatened an officer with the gun, officers were able to talk him into surrendering. The man was a parolee with a criminal and drug abuse history.

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7

2013

Worcester, MA

The YMCA was hosting a church group as a fundraiser basketball game and feeding of the homeless when two men appeared on the front steps of the facility and one began shooting, possibly returning fire from another source. No people were hit despite the fact that the church group were all over the lawn in front of the attackers. Two men were later arrested due to the good observance of an off-duty MA State trooper who witnessed the attack.

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4

2013

Tempe, AZ

As police were investigating a reported shooting in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church at 1:00 AM on that Thursday, a gunshot victim drove up to a nearby convenience store and called for help. Investigators were able to determine he had been shot in the church parking lot. The victim was not cooperative with police and is expected to survive. 

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2013

Ashtabula, OH

Yelling radical Islamic quotes, 25-year-old Reshad Riddle walked into the Easter morning service at the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ with a handgun.  He had just used it to shoot and kill his own dad (52-year-old Richard Riddle) as he was coming out of the church. As people scrambled for cover, Riddle continued his verbal assault going up to the pulpit. He was arrested without resistance before shooting any more. He had a serious and long history of crime including domestic violence.

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12

2013

Wyoming, MI

A man shot and killed himself while sitting in his truck in the parking lot of the Maplelawn Baptist Church. Police were called after somebody found him on Tuesday afternoon.

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4

2013

Edmond, OK

18-year-old Michael Seockjin Moon walked into a side door (that was unlocked to make it easy for a women’s prayer meeting) of the First Presbyterian Church shortly after 8:00 Am that Monday morning. Encountering two church workers he informed them that the church was full of sinners and he was going to kill them all. He was quite calm about his threats, and was later arrested. Moon was booked under a complaint of felonious assault and making threats to kill. Moon told witnesses he has been treated for mental illness.

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2013

St. Louis, MO

A man in his early 20’s was shot in the parking lot of the Centenary United Methodist Church on that Sunday afternoon. Police were looking for 2 males on suspicion of attempted murder. The man is expected to survive.

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3

2013

Williamsport, MD

As congregants of the Members of Faith Christian Fellowship were in Sunday morning worship, a man sitting in his car in the parking lot shot and killed himself.

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2

2013

Hemet, CA

An 18-year-old boy made credible enough threats of murder that the Youth For Christ Church evacuated a youth event on that Saturday evening. The boy (still at the site when officers arrived) expressed desire to kill other kids, and claimed he had planted explosives in the church. No explosives were found, but he was arrested for the threats and bomb claim.

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2013

Montgomery, AL

About 10:00 AM on that Monday, two armed men entered the Maggie Street Baptist Church demanding money. One of them hit one of the employees during the robbery, but no shots were fired.

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28

2013

Macon, GA

When area church basketball teams met to play in an annual Christian Basketball tournament, a local gang member showed up with a gun. He shot a 16-year-old player in the neck.

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27

2013

East St. Louis, IL

As Sunday evening services were coming to order at Ira Grove Baptist Church, 3 masked men dressed in all black stormed the services. One blocked the doors, one announced, "Session over. Give me everything you got", as the other held a gun to the pastor’s head. They got away with wallets, cell phones and jewelry but 2 of the 3 were soon caught, and it is only a matter of time for the 3rd. 

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26

2013

Salisbury, NC

After being caught in securities fraud and money laundering, John Knox Bridges failed to appear in Federal court. After an arrest was issued, he eluded authorities until a tip came that he had taken refuge in the basement of the Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Church, and that he was armed. Authorities called his mother to the scene to help deescalate a stand-off with police in the church. Bridges did cooperate and surrendered without any shots being fired.

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2013

Memphis, TN

As the congregation of the Mount Bethel M. B. Church was gathered on that Wednesday night for bible study and choir practice, a shooting erupted outside the back of the church. Moments later a wounded man came through the front door asking for help and for the congregation to call his mother. The man’s condition was upgraded later and he is expected to live.

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12

2013

Flint, MI

As a funeral was in process at the Full Gospel Christian Church, a shot rang out in the congregation. Steven Lawson, 28, had been shot in the head and died at the scene. A person of interest was arrested 3/28/13

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12

2013

Jacksonville, FL

Responding to a report of a shooting victim, police found 26-year-old Kerry Lamb dead in the parking lot of the Shindler Drive Baptist Church.

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10

2013

Gardendale, AL

Terry Greer (54), pastor of the Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church was arrested for the murder of his 52-year-old wife (Lisa) in their church-owned home. According to the couple’s teenage daughter (Suzanna), Greer shot and killed his wife, then turned the gun on the daughter who wrestled it away from him after being wounded and ran for help. Greer then attempted to stab himself to death but survived.

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8

2013

Little Rock, AR

Quick thinking congregants were able to stop Esker Martin after he dropped his knife as he was rushing the Pastor of the First Baptist Church. Martin was intoxicated when he jumped up in the Tuesday night service and began yelling and running up the aisle with his knife in hand towards the pastor. Deacons detained him until police could arrive and arrest him.

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2

2013

Boston, MA

A 26-year-old woman went on a berserk rampage inside the Catholic Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (aka “Mission Church”). She is alleged to have thrown religious statues at congregants and staff. When police arrived, she attacked them with a 3-foot tall statute injuring one officer. She had caused a disturbance at the church before which had gone un-reported. She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and several other charges.

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5

2013

Yuma, AZ

The body of a man was found outside of the First United Methodist Church, lying in a pool of blood. Incident categorized as first homicide in Yuma for 2013. Yuma PD not releasing any details.

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2012

Monroe, NC

As congregants were gathered to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Iglesia de Dios Nueva Vida (New Life Church of God) they were robbed at gunpoint inside the church. The masked man walked in and pointed a large rifle or shotgun at the crowd of mostly women without saying anything. As he walked through he gathered purses from the women then disappeared into the night.

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2012

New Orleans, LA

32-year-old Ronald Washington was discovered shot to death in his car just outside the side entry door of the Greater Carver Missionary Baptist church at 09:00 Sunday AM just before church services started. Congregants were not allowed to enter that door, but were allowed to enter through other doors and proceed with services. No suspects have yet been named.

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2012

Chicago, IL

The Lake View Lutheran Church operates a homeless shelter facility on their campus which they call “The Crib.” On Friday night teenagers from The Crib along with friends got into an argument in which one of the non-residents produced a knife and inflicted a serious stab – wound on a teenage male who is expected to survive. The attacker had not been identified as of the latest reports.

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2012

Ocala, FL

When teachers arrived at the First United Methodist Church on that Friday morning, they discovered 37-year-old Christopher Chiswell dead on the church lawn. Chiswell lived at the adjacent Operation Clean Start where he was well liked and doing well. Police continue the investigationa year later, classifying the death as “suspicious” and asking for witnesses to come forward. 

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21

2012

Hollidaysburg, PA

58-year-old Kimberly A. Scott was decorating the Juniata Valley Gospel Church with a friend when bullets ripped through the windows. Then the gunman entered the church and fatally shot her, before continuing his crime spree at multiple other locations. By the time police killed him he had randomly killed 2 other people.

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2012

Vineland, NJ

St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church owns a social hall facility which they not only use for their own events, but also rent out to others. The social hall was being rented by others for a Christmas party when violence broke out early Wednesday morning. Three young people (2 women and 1 man) were shot by one suspect, but all suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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11

2012

Norfolk, VA

About 06:00 AM on Tuesday, police were called to the First Baptist Church on reports of a gunshot victim. When they arrived they discovered the body of 53-year-old Illinois Johnson on the church grounds. Very little details about the investigation are yet released.

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9

2012

Sunrise, FL

56-year-old Kelvin Adams waited for Sunday morning services to dismiss at the Faith Center Church where Benny Hinn was the guest speaker for the day. When his ex-girlfriend – 48-year-old Denise Miller came out, he shot her two times in front of her 12-year-old daughter then turned the gun on himself. Adams died. Miller was in stable condition at a hospital.

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8

2012

Portland, OR

Ami Garrett was sitting in her truck waiting for her parents to come out of services at the Freedom Foursquare Church. A 7-year-old boy approached and demanded she give him her truck. When she refused his 11-year-old brother informed her he had a gun. As she drove away from the youths, she saw the 11-year-old pull a pistol from his pocket but he never fired. Police caught up to the boy soon after and he did have a loaded pistol.

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2

2012

Millington, TN

As women of the First United Methodist Church were preparing for a Christmas party, an armed and angry man walked into the gym where they were working Sunday afternoon. He demanded that they open the food pantry, and at one point did fire his weapon. When police arrived he refused to lay down his weapon, and was shot in the arm by the takedown officers.

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2

2012

Coudersport PA

52-year-old Greg Eldred had been seen for some time walking around the outside of the First United Presbyterian Church, but it wasn’t until after he attacked that anyone confronted him. He walked into a sanctuary side door as church was in session, walked up to his ex-wife -- 53-year-old Darlene Sitler -- and shot her where she sat at the organ. He then walked out, laid his gun on his car, then returned again and shot her again to make sure she was dead. Then Eldred was taken down and held by church members. Police response time was 8 minutes as no city officers were on Duty that Sunday AM

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30

2012

Galivants Ferry, SC 

Law enforcement was called to the parking lot of the Happy Home Baptist Church on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival they found one gunshot victim, and later found a stabbing victim who had left the scene. Both men will survive. They had got into an argument over property.

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27

2012

St Petersburg, FL

The New Faith Free Methodist Church operates a transitional house as a community benefit. One of the residents accused another of stealing food from him, and stabbed him.  36-year-old Corey Lamont Walker was charged for the murder of his roommate, 56-year-old Anthony Kimball Smith.

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26

2012

Chicago, IL

Gunfire erupted on the front steps of the St. Columbanus Church as 500 mourners began to leave after a funeral for a gang-related victim. One man was killed and another critically wounded. Both victims were member of the Gangster Disciples gang – which accounts for no less than 25% of gang-related deaths in Chicago. The church was the home church of Al Capone’s wife and mother many years ago.

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2012

Henderson, NC

Shortly before 10:00 PM on Thanksgiving day, police responded to calls of shots fired at the United Prayer of Faith Holiness Church. Upon arrival they discovered a gunshot victim on the front lawn of the church. 27 or 28-year-old Barry Wilkerson was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no church activities at the time of the shooting.

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18

2012

New York, NY

As 57-year-old Ahmad Bashir was unlocking the Masjid Al-Saaliheen Mosque at 4:45 AM that Sunday, he was attacked from behind. An unidentified male attacker shouted both anti-Muslim as well as anti-Semitic slurs as he beat, bit and stabbed Bashir. Bashir was stabbed 12 times in the back, but will survive. The attacker has not been caught.

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11

2012

Warren, OH

As services were beginning at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, a gang shootout erupted outside the church. The leaders went into lockdown as more than 40 shots were exchanged outside. One congregant saw an injured man as she was still in her car, and yelled for the injured man to get in so she could take him to the hospital where he remained in critical condition. 32-year-old Marco Dukes died.

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10

2012

Yuba City, CA

Leadership infighting has been prominent in the Tierra Buena Sikh Temple for years. After the Board Meeting on Saturday night, the longstanding tension erupted into a bloody brawl where shovels, broom handles, sticks, and knives. When the fight was over two men had been stabbed and many others were hurt. Guns were allegedly brandished but not fired. The two stabbed men are expected to survive.

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9

2012

Chicago, IL

The Mt. Ridge Missionary Baptist Church had rented it’s facilities out for a Friday night birthday party. During the party a fight broke out in the parking lot and a 19-year-old known gang member was shot in the neck. 

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4

2012

Los Angeles, CA

25-year-old Andres Ordonez left the Sunday service and went outside the Principe de Paz Church to comfort his pregnant wife as she wasn’t feeling well.  When he came outside he saw a female spray-painting gang graffiti on the church and asked her to stop. The vandal’s accomplice opened fire, killing Ordonez and injuring another 40-year-old man nearby. Ordonez wife (Anna) is also left with an 18-month-old son. The church sits in disputed turf between 2 gangs.

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3

2012

Greensboro, NC

As a 22-year-old victim was walking to his car (about 10:45 on Saturday night) in the parking lot of the Congregational United Church of Christ he was approached by 2 men. One of them pushed him to the ground, as the other pulled a gun and demanded money. The suspects got away.

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31

2012

Roanoke County, VA

Towards the end of the Wednesday night service, a man entered the Saint Paul Saint Peter Lutheran Church and began demanding that people give him their money. Though he never showed the weapon, he assured everyone he had one and would start shooting them if they did not comply. He escaped with his loot and has not been caught.

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30

2012

Broomfield Township, MI

The Christ Community Fellowship decided to bring on John Douglas White as their pastor despite a lengthy criminal record. He was quite convincing that he had been reformed. But as he was dating a woman with intent to marry, he became obsessed with her 24-year-old daughter.  To satisfy his urge for necrophilia, he killed her with by striking her in the head with a mallet while strangling her with a zip tie. The murder did not occur at the church, but was carried out by the pastor who killed himself in his cell nearly a year later.

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2012

Forest Hill, TX

Mental Illness is suspected in the case of the beating death of the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church founder and senior pastor. Pastor Danny Kirk Sr., 53 was pronounced dead at the scene after 33-year-old Derrick Birdow ran his car into the side of the church, attacked janitor John Whitaker then severely beat the pastor with an electric guitar. Birdow was stopped by responding police officers with a tazer -- he then died. Birdow’s wife attended the church but he did not.

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28

2012

Cumming, GA

17-year-old Christian Alexander Guerndt attacked his stepfather Ronnie Rapert between services at Mercy Fellowship Church. Guerndt had first thrown a fit in the church damaging chairs, and Rapart confronted him. The 2 carried the confrontation outside, then came back in where the knife attack happened. 

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24

2012

College Park, GA

39-year-old volunteer ministry leader Greg McDowell was leading a prayer group of about 25 people around 10:00 AM on Wednesday at the World Changers Church International. As he was walking back and forth praying in front of the small gathering, former church employee Floyd Palmer fired 12 rounds from a .380 auto killing him, then calmly walked back out. Palmer had been arrested for shooting and paralyzing a man at the Muhammad Mosque in Baltimore in 2001 (see 6/30/2001 incident).

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16

2012

Atlanta, GA

Rhonda Rivers left the keys and her 2-year-old daughter in her unlocked van as she went into the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s fitness center. During that time an unknown criminal stole the van with the child in it. The child was discovered unharmed a short time later.

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14

2012

Gulfport, MS

53-year-old Terry Slater used the Faith Missionary Baptist church bus as a vehicle to lure young girls. After abducting two different girls on the same day (one 10 and one 14), both girls escaped from him in his home as he was attempting sexual assault, and reported their abductions to authorities.

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14

2012

St Paul, MN

Police responding to shots fired behind the Iglesia de Dios Rios de Agua church found Naressa Mashaya Turner dead in her car. Her family reports she had been getting death threats through social media.

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14

2012

Dover, DE

St. Andrews Lutheran Church had rented their facilities out for a Delaware State University homecoming party. As police were investigating a large fight at 1:00 AM, several shots rang out in the parking lot. Nobody seemed to have been hit and police were unable to discover the shooters.

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13

2012

Buffalo, NY

Father Joseph Moreno killed himself in the rectory of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church where he has served for many years. His body was discovered next to a gun by a deacon looking for him when he failed to show up for the Saturday afternoon Mass. It is known that he was upset at being recently re-assigned to another Parish.

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5

2012

Miami, OK

Gregory Arthur Weiler II travelled to Oklahoma with the intention of destroying churches. Law enforcement agents were tipped off by alert Motel staff. They discovered his plot and materials to fire-bomb 48 churches in the Miami area and arrested him prior to the start of his plan to hit 2-3 churches each night. In January of 2013 he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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4

2012

Arlington, OH

A 20-year-old man seemed to be under the influence of narcotics as he caused police to respond to disturbances in the neighborhood of the Covenant Presbyterian Church around 1:00 AM. As police arrived on scene, he broke into the church where they found him wearing a choir robe and threatening himself while holding a piece of glass. The standoff was brought to a peaceful end by a police negotiator.

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2

2012

Milwaukee, WI

Two separate prayer groups were meeting on Tuesday night in the St. Hyacinth Church when gunfire erupted outside. An unidentified male victim in his 40’s lay dead on the church parking lot. No arrests have been made at press time.

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2

2012

Springfield, MO

33-year-old Bobby Joe Mchaffie entered the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church about the time a boy-scout meeting was ending in the church. Father Lewis Hejna was locking up the church when he discovered Mchaffie was wrecking things. Hejna called the boy scout leader in, but when they confronted Mchaffie he pulled a gun on them. Both defenders were able to escape unharmed and call police. After a standoff with police SWAT teams (during which another priest was evacuated from the church who had been working in his office unaware that anything was going on), Mchaffie was arrested.

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2

2012

Anchorage, AK

Police have determined that 44-year-old Marya Abramczyk died of self-inflicted wounds in the parking lot of the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Church. A neighbor had heard a single gunshot around 2:00 that morning.

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1

2012

Catonsville, MD

About 5:30 PM that Monday, a witness saw a man on top of the St Stephen Lutheran Church. The witness watched as the man threw an item off the roof of the church which exploded when it hit the ground. The bomb squad responded and discovered the item had been a bottle-bomb made of a 7-UP coke bottle. No arrests have been made.

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30

2012

Santa Rosa, CA

St. Rose Church and the Church of the Incarnation are across the street from each other. Both were struck around 10:00 PM that Sunday night by Molotov Cocktails. A Priest was asleep nearby in the St Rose Church and was awakened by the crash as the fire-bomb was thrown through the window. He was able to put out the flame, and the one in the Church of the Incarnation was ineffective. 

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27

2012

Salina, KS

21-year-old Rex C. Vaughn was arrested around 1:30 AM after he had walked around shooting a number of buildings and vehicles with a .40 S & W. One of the buildings that took multiple shots was the Community of Christ Church. 

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22

2012

Liberty City, FL

As an off-duty officer was leaving Eglise Baptiste Union Chretienne Church 3 suspects confronted him and demanded his jewelry. During the robbery, one of the suspects shot the officer in the chest. The wounded officer was rushed to a hospital and will survive.  Travares Santiago, Dedrick Brown, and Willie Barney were later arrested.

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21

2012

Muskegon, MI

When a retired judge parked and started into a late night prayer vigil at St. Michael's Catholic Church a robber approached demanding his wallet. When the judge refused, the robber pulled out a gun and began firing at the judge as he ran towards the church. An off-duty officer in the same service heard the shots and came to a secure door where he got the judge into safety. The suspect was arrested a short time later.

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Austin, TX

As a young lady got off the bus at the Brentwood Christian Church Daycare where she worked, she was immediately attacked. Mentally ill transient Edward Williamsen rushed up behind her as she was trying to get into the church, saying “get out of my head” as he stabbed her from behind. The young lady will survive, Williamsen was arrested.

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20

2012

Alturas, CA

53-year-old Jim Sims III fatally shot his 51-year-old wife Marilyn and wounded her 14-year-old boy in their home. As police spotted him and began a pursuit, he drove into the Faith Baptist Church parking lot. As police closed in, Sims got out of his car and fatally shot himself.

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19

2012

Harlan County, KY

59-year-old Clifford Napier was behind the Pine Flat Baptist Church where he serves as caretaker, when an altercation transpired between he and a 75-year-old neighbor to the church, Boss Saylor. Saylor shot Napier several times. Napier was flown to a hospital then released 2 weeks later.

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15

2012

Detroit, MI

As a church bus was setting outside the Neopolitan Church of Deliverance, robbers boarded it and robbed the driver’s wife of her gold chain. Several church members saw it happen, and gave chase as the robbers fled the scene. One of the robbers stopped and began shooting at the pursuers, one of which was an off-duty police officer who returned fire. None of the church people were struck, and the robbers remain at large.

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14

2012

Columbus, GA

An attacker forced an 82-year-old man into the Liberty Baptist Church, tied him up then stole his vehicle. 26-year-old Randy Harmon was charged with multiple felonies including aggravated assault, burglary, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and weapons charges when he drove the stolen vehicle  to report to his parole officer.

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12

2012

Omaha, NE

When law enforcement arrived around 3:15 AM responding to shots fired calls, they found 17-year-old Johnnie Wilson lying in a church parking lot. He remained in critical condition at press time, and no arrests have been made.

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9

2012

Spartanburg County, SC

U.S. Congressional Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was waiting in the parking lot for his daughter to come out of the First Baptist Church. As he was sitting in his car, mentally instable 52-year-old Gloria Brackett approached him with a loaded gun drawn demanding that he stop following her. Brackett is getting mental evaluations as she feels she is being stalked.

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7

2012

Brooklyn, NY

A 36-year-old deacon was in the basement of the Glover Memorial Baptist Church when a young man walked up to him and demanded his money. When the deacon refused, the robber began attacking him, beating him in the face and back with a chair. Another attacker joined in and took cash and other items from the victim. No arrests were made as of press time.

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7

2012

Philadelphia, PA

A woman came out of the church at B & Lehigh to ask a man who was selling drugs to move away from the church. The man turned on her and began to beat her, and when her brother ran out of the church to help her, the man stabbed her brother. A police officer driving by saw the commotion, intervened and arrested the attacker.

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2012

Louisville, KY

A neighborhood housing association was meeting in the Springdale Community church (as a bible study and athletic program were occurring in other areas of the church). 55-year-old Dr. Mahmoud Hindi became enraged over a long-standing dispute over a driveway, fence and other issues on his property and started shooting. 73-year-old David Merritt was killed and 69-year-old Marvin Fisher died after a few days in critical condition. Hindi was subdued and taken down by retired LMPD officer Ray Leezer

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6

2012

Gainesville, FL

A man was working on the landscaping of the Parkview Baptist Church on a Thursday morning. Going around back of the church, he encountered two men who shoved him to the ground, held a knife to him and stole his wallet which contained $700.00. They got away before police arrived.

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5

2012

Harriman, TN

31-year-old Gina Mueller approached the Potter’s House Fellowship Church pastor’s wife (Judy Beverly) immediately following the Wednesday night service. Mueller pulled out a knife, chased the pastor’s wife through the crowd then threatened to kill herself while holding the knife to her own throat. Another church member got the knife away from her and Mueller was arrested. Mueller was a troubled woman who had been in occasional counseling in the church.

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4

2012

Jersey City, NJ

A 54-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint by four boys while sitting on the steps of a church at the corner of Rose Street and Orient Blvd. The young teenage boys brandished a .45 auto pistol and made off with $50.00.

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2012

Columbus, GA

25-year-old Randy Harmon was sitting on the steps of the Liberty Baptist Church when an 82-year-old man came to unlock the church for Sunday worship services. Harmon followed him in asking what time services started, but then pulled a pistol on him and robbed him and tied him up. Harmon was later sentenced to 20 years.

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1

2012

Washington DC

A man followed a parishioner into a stairwell in the St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church. At a landing in the stairs, the man pulled a handgun and demanded the victim down on the stair. While holding the gun to the back of his head, he rifled through his pant pockets and a bag stealing items of value. Church leader Sarabeth Goodwin accidentally interrupted the attack, and was able to escape and call police. The attacker got away and nobody was hurt. Church video may be useful in identifying the attacker.

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2012

Cedartown, GA

Rodney Scott Blankenship was charged with 26 offenses after he allegedly used a gun in an attempt to steal a vehicle from a woman behind the Friendly Baptist Church. When police arrived, he fled the area in a vehicle which he used to ram at least one police vehicle. Nobody was hurt and the suspect was arrested.

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2012

Irondequoit, NY

51-year-old Anthony J. Cannella came into the St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church asking for directions. He left, then came back and kidnapped the church secretary he had spoken with earlier. He forced her at knifepoint into her own car and demanded she drive around town to multiple places. One of those was an ATM where he forced her to give him her PIN and withdrew cash from her account. She was later released unharmed.

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2012

Alexandria, GA

Priests Craig Scott and Marek Norjek of the St. Rita Catholic Church were in the rectory when a gang of robbers attacked them. Scott was shot and Norjek was hit in the head during the attack, but both have since been released from the hospital. Police have made several arrests related to the case, but are not divulging information. 

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27

2012

San Francisco, CA

Police tracked a stolen cell phone to the location of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. When confronting the thief outside the church, he made an aggressive move towards the female police officer who fired one shot at him (but missed). The suspect was then caught and detained.

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23

2012

Holladay, UT

25-year-old Michael Workman was murdered by 3 men who caught up to him outside the LDS Church. Acting for a friend they felt had been wronged by Workman, the three beat and stabbed him to death on the lawn of the church. A female accomplice was arrested for driving them from the scene. Workman was an outstanding youth from a solid family, Eagle Scout and not involved in any illegal activity.

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18

2012

Columbia, SC

A homeless man was attacked and stabbed by an unknown assailant after the two had finished eating in the Ebenezer Lutheran Church. The two had been arguing just before the stabbing which took place after they were outside. The wounded man will survive the attack.

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16

2012

Tampa, FL

33-year-old Michael Stuart Marston went on a crime spree of over $250,000 in theft and damage on Saturday. His spree ended with him getting into an altercation with a homeless man at 4:00 AM Sunday in the parking lot of Christ the King Church. The homeless victim was 73-year-old Rolando Rivera-Arroyo whom Marston stabbed at least three times in the neck, then struck him with his car, dragging him around the church parking lot until he was dead, leaving him lodged under the car under the church car-port.

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15

2012

Washington DC

Area gay rights activist Floyd Lee Corkins II decided he would attack the Family Research Council (FRC) and make a bold statement at the same time. With a 9mm Sig, two additional loaded clips, an extra box of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack he attempted entry into the Faith-Based organization. Corkins shot Leo Johnson (FRC security guard) in the arm as Johnson detained him from entry (but Johnson still got the gun from him and held him for authorities). Corkins also had the address of another area faith-based group in his backpack.

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9

2012

Visalia, CA

A homeless man was beaten to death near the door of The Savior’s Community Church. Many homeless participate in food charity by the ministry. Friends of the victim said there were multiple attackers who ganged up on him as lay sleeping by the ministry. 

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9

2012

Tabor City, SC

1 woman and three men have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of 50-year-old David Southern Grubbs Jr. The victim was discovered in the parking lot of the Great Grace Church with 4 gunshot wounds. He told police he had gone there to retrieve a cell phone stolen from his son when he was attacked.

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7

2012

Columbia, SC

48-year-old Darrell Lydell Griffin is charged with murder after his 44-year-old girlfriend Johnette Pratt was discovered dead in a burning car at the Christian Faith Fellowship Church. Autopsy reports disclosed she had died of physical strangulation before the fire.

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5

2012

Oak Creek, WI

As Sunday morning services were in sessions, Wade Michael Page walked into the Sikh Temple and began randomly shooting a 9mm handgun. By the time law enforcement arrived, he had killed 5 men and one woman ranging in age from 39 to 84-years-old. After shooting one responding officer multiple times, Page was shot by 32-year veteran officer Sam Lenda, then committed suicide. Page had a history of alcoholism, white supremacy activity, white-power music, misogyny and general disregard for authority of any nature. He was discharged from the Army for a “pattern of misconduct”.

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1

2012

Stillwell, OK

45-year-old Michael Wayne Shell was found dead in the parking lot by the pastor of the Pleasant Valley Holiness Church. Investigators have determined his homicide is the result of blunt force trauma to the head. No suspects had been named at press time.

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2012

Houma, LA

An argument over a washer & dryer set off 34-year-old Jane Racine in the parking lot of the Holy Rosary Church. When her brother (whom she was arguing with) and his girlfriend and a year-old child got out of her car, she allegedly intentionally struck them all with her vehicle. None of the victims suffered life threatening injuries.

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2012

Olney, PA

When emergency responders arrived on the scene of a car that had crashed into Our Lord Catholic Church, they found a man behind the wheel with stab wounds to his chest. The 19-year-old male died and no arrests have been made.

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3

2012

Merced, CA

3 workers for the Calvary Pentecostal Church were robbed at gunpoint by two unknown assailants as they were selling fireworks on church grounds. No suspects had been arrested at press time. 

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3

2012

Alameda, CA

A masked gunman entered the St. Philip Neri Church bingo game through a back door. Using his handgun as a threat, he demanded the cash from the night's earnings and made off with it without being caught.

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2012

Plain City, UT

An argument over seating at the Meadows LDS Ward led to a fistfight between 2 men. After they were outside, one of the men hit the other with his vehicle and the victim ended up on the hood of the car. 52-year-old Wayne Dodge was later charged with felony assault.

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2012

Phoenix, AZ

As a home church group was meeting, someone began pounding on a back door of the home around midnight in such a way as to alarm the families inside. Some of those in the home began firing guns through the door at what they felt was an attempted break-in. Whoever was pounding on the door left and no arrests have been made.

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2012

Fresno, CA

A passenger in a car passing by the Harmony Baptist Church opened fire on a brother and sister walking in front of the church. Three bullets struck the church as pastor Chad Williams was inside. Nobody was hurt in the attack.

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14

2012

Gumboro, DE

Matthew Burton was a registered sex offender working at the Bay Shore Community Church. He was working late at the church, where 35-year-old Nicole Bennett was also working. There was nobody else at the church that night, and Bennett’s car was found still locked in the parking lot the next morning when her body was found a few miles away. There is no suspicion of any kind of relationship between the two, and Burton has been charged with her asphyxiation death.

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7

2012

Stone Mountain, GA

As a funeral was ending at the World Baptist Church, two funeral attendees became engaged in a fight. 28-year-old Deimetrius Heard and 19-year-old Carlos Henderson Jr. pulled guns and began shooting each other in the parking lot. Both attackers killed each other in the altercation.

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6

2012

Memphis, TN

Gwen Jackson was a homeless lady who loved her home church – St. Mary’s Cathedral. She told the priest on Tuesday that she had found a job and was going to move into a home. But on Wednesday morning she was robbed, then beaten to death on the steps of the church by Michael Mullins. Her bible lay at her feet where she died.

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2012

Anniston, AL

David Rice, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and his wife were in their bedroom of the church parsonage when they heard weeping in the kitchen. Rice went down and discovered his brother who had a history of mental illness. A confrontation erupted and Rice stabbed his brother who is expected to survive. The pastor was arrested but released on bail as the incident is investigated. 

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25

2012

Greensboro, NC

An unidentified dead woman was found at 10:15 AM behind the God’s House of Deliverance Church. Her death has been ruled as a homicide, but investigators do not have much else to go on.

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24

2012

Phoenix, AZ

As workers at the Salvation Army were going through donated items they came to a flashlight. When they turned it on it exploded. The home-made bomb is similar to two others in the Phoenix area in recent days. The ATF is investigating, and the workers were fortunate to sustain only minor injuries to their face and arms.

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23

2012

Tempe, AZ

A man appearing to be homeless found his way into a restroom in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic church where he attempted suicide by stabbing himself multiple times. He was discovered by a church worker, and is expected to survive. The church also has a school next door.

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22

2012

Jersey City, NJ

As a van with 12 children of the Mt. Pisgah AME Church was pulling out of the church parking lot to take the children home, a gun battle between street gangs erupted nearby. 20-year-old Darion Pinkney fired a number of shots, one of which struck the windshield of the van. The van driver quickly returned to the church unloading all the children into safety and nobody was hurt. Pinkney was free on bond awaiting felony proceedings on drug charges when he fired the shots.

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19

2012

Indianapolis, IN

Jaman Iseminger, the 29-year-old pastor of Bethel Community Church, was shot and killed in his church by mentally ill Lori Ann Barcroft. She had asked for Iseminger as congregants were arriving at 07:00 Saturday for a cemetery clean-up activity. One of the volunteers told her where he was in his office, she went to him and shot him. Iseminger's sermon he had prepared for the next day was going to be on the topic of pastor slayings worldwide. 

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11

2012

Green Bay, AL

Veun Phdsanay was a mentally disturbed Buddhist Monk living in the Wat Buddahrakha Temple. After refusing medical help, he got into an argument over food with senior Monk Chaiwat Mileechate in the cafeteria. Phdsanay beat Mileechate to death with a wooden pestle, then went back to his room and cleaned up, and returned to the cafeteria to finish eating.

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9

2012

Detroit, MI

84-year-old Joseph Lewis – a Bronze Star recipient of the Korean War -- had protected area churches for 55 years as a security guard. He was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Victory Way Assembly C.O.G.I.C. church as the Wednesday night bible study was going on inside. He never had time to pull his weapon. Two teen boys were later arrested.

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6

2012

Boston, MA

Linda Chery-Valentin operates a day-care center in a portion of the building owned and operated by Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon church. The church has been in a dispute with her over parking rights and other lease / tenant differences for some time. She was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and assault / battery following the Sunday AM incident in which she allegedly raced her SUV towards church parking lot attendants who claim they would have been struck had they not jumped out of the way.

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3

2012

Ellicot City, MD

56-year-old transient, Douglas Franklin Jones, was told by the staff of St. Peter's Episcopal Church that his frequent partaking of the benevolence food pantry would need to be regulated to allow more for others. He became enraged, shooting and killing co-pastor Mary-Marguerite Kohn and church employee Brenda Brewington. Jones then killed himself in the woods where he lived behind the church.

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3

2012

Tacoma, WA

An unknown assailant(s) threw a makeshift firebomb made from a gas can through a window of the Pathways to Learning Day-Care Center attached to the C.O.G.I.C. Church. The day before, a van had plowed into the same facility with a rock set on the accelerator.

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2

2012

Albany, GA

Major Scott was banned from the Albany Rescue Mission in January after threatening people and stripping off his clothes. He returned to the area and had an argument with his wife behind the mission as church services were going on inside. He attacked his wife with a knife, and when his son intervened to protect his mother he attacked him as well. Both victims survived, Scott was arrested.

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2012

Salt Lake City, UT

A 21-year-old white supremacist was indicted over a year later following his attacks at the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue. He had shot out windows and damaged frames with a Walther (German made) pistol. He was charged with carrying a firearm in relation to a violent crime and violation of a restraining order. His history includes references to “14”, “88”, “HH” and “SWP” (all known codes of white supremacy subjects)

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2012

Bartlesville, OK

Shawn Kennedy was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he attacked the Director of the Family Life Center with various objects in the Director’s office. Kennedy was upset that he was not receiving benevolence assistance in the way he wanted it.

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2012

St. Thomas, PA

18-year-old Jonathan Scott Crist agreed to meet an un-named victim for a drug deal in the parking lot of the St. Luke Lutheran Church. In an altercation that ensued, Crist stabbed the victim in the arm. Crist had planned to rob the victim of $35.00.

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22

2012

Aurora, CO

Following an argument with friends a few blocks away, 29-year-old Kiarron Parker raced his car across the parking lot of the New Destiny Christian Center just as Sunday services had ended. His car rammed another and came to a stop. As the pastor’s mother (67-year-old Josephine Echols) and others came to Parker’s aid, he pulled a gun and started shooting. Echols was hit 5 times and died. As people ran back into the church, Parker followed, but was killed as he entered the foyer by church member and off-duty police officer Antonio Milow.

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18

2012

Benton Harbor, MI

The Church of God in Christ owns the C.O.G.I.C. Village Apartments, and has an office on site to manage the apartments. A pipe bomb was detonated on the sill of that office during unoccupied times, shattering the window and sending deadly shrapnel across a wide area.

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11

2012

Salt Lake City, UT

18-year-old Chris Perry and his 16-year-old female accomplice were arrested for setting off a homemade bomb in an LDS Church parking lot. They also detonated one in a stairway of a local High School and two others in various places. They just wanted to see and hear the explosions from devices they concocted from internet recipes.

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10

2012

Tacoma, WA

As Ivan Zaytsev expressed anger in the lobby of the Slavic Christian Center on Tuesday evening, ushers brought Pastor Peter Sayenko (who had been doing marriage counseling for Zaytsev) to him. The pastor took him to his office to get the confrontation out of the crowd. When they got in the office, Zaytsev locked the door, punched the pastor in the face and stabbed him in the back before fleeing the scene. Sayneko will survive, and Zaytsev was arrested.

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5

2012

Indianapolis. IN

Angry over allegations he had been stealing from the First Christian Missionary Baptist Church, 19-year-old Calvin Griffin shot at but missed the 69-year-old pastor Damon Roach (also the shooter’s grandfather) as he was working in the church. Griffin was arrested a short time after the shooting.

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2

2012

Oakland, CA

Angry over a tuition reimbursement dispute, Oikos University (a small Christian ran university) student One Goh returned in anger with a .45. When he didn’t find the person he was looking for, he began shooting, randomly killing Tshering Bhutia, Grace Kim, Sonam Choedon, Katleen Ping, Doris Chibuko, Judith Seymour and Lydia Sim before he fled the scene. When he was done killing he left the scene and was arrested at another location.

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2012

Miami, FL

As funeral services were being held at the Funeraria Latina Emmanuel Funeral Home, an alleged Haitian gang pulled up and began firing into the crowd of mourners. Parterson Dubreus and Laurore Ornis were killed and 12 others were wounded in the mass shooting.

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30

2012

Liverpool Township, OH

In what appears to be a murder / suicide, Michael & Karen Wolfe were found dead of gunshots inside their residence at the Free Methodist Church Camp. The couple served as the church camp groundskeepers.

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25

2012

Pittsburgh, PA

17-year-old Deontay Smith was standing outside the Inner Cities Ministries visiting with friends as others were inside worshipping in the service. A man walked up to him and shot him multiple times in the head killing him in front of stunned witnesses. The shooter even repeatedly struck him multiple times after he fell in what looks to be a gang-related execution.

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25

2012

Boiling Springs, SC

Jesse Gates acted strange earlier in the Sunday AM service at the Southside Free Will Baptist Church. Strange enough that member Aaron Guyton carried his legal concealed weapon the rest of the day. Gates returned armed with a shotgun and a knife. He kicked open a side door and began to demand the pastor come down from the pulpit. Rev. Henry Guyton (Grandfather of Aaron) did come down, but it was to take the shotgun away as Aaron, Jesse Smith and Leland Powers (who had all intervened immediately) held Gates to the ground.

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18

2012

Las Vegas, NV

As a man was walking across the parking lot about 08:00 Sunday AM to go into services at the St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Church, two men in a car pulled beside him. They were asking for directions which he gave them. One of the men in the car, jumped out, grabbed the parishioner, pointed a gun in his face and threw him to the ground demanding his wallet. No arrests have yet been made.

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15

2012

Sacramento, CA

As a man was attending a church activity at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, a gun battle was going on between moving cars nearby. He was struck by a bullet and was found by arriving police in the parking lot. Though the bullet struck him in his face, he is expected to survive.

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6

2012

Jacksonville, FL

28-year-old Shane Schumerth had just been terminated from his position as a teacher at the Episcopal High School at 09:00 Tuesday AM. He returned about 1:35 PM with a guitar case and went to the school offices. He pulled a rifle out of the guitar case and killed 63-year-old Dale Regan, then himself. Regan was the head of the school where she had worked since 1978.

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1

2012

Omaha, NE

As middle school children were in the St. Paul Lutheran Church school gym, shots rang out from an unrelated gun attack in the parking lot. One bullet struck the gymnasium door, and a car in the parking lot was hit, but nobody in the church was injured.

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26

2012

Visalia, CA

Death threats against Reverend Carlos Serrano of The Catholic Church of Visalia were credible enough that the priest was relocated to an unpublished location prior to services on Sunday. Law enforcement officials confirmed the priest is under no other investigations, and he is the victim in this city where an LDS church leader was killed on 8/29/10

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2012

Carrollton, TX

Well known area businessman, 52-year-old Travis Henderson had been involved in a family disturbance at his home. His wife was concerned as he had left with a gun, and was not in a good state of mind so she called police. They found him in the parking lot of the Valley View Christian Church. When he pointed his weapon at the officers, they fired killing him.

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18

2012

Riverdale, GA

Jonathan Holland was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Heatherwood Baptist Church around 04:00 Saturday AM. He and others had just left a nearby nightclub, and gotten into an argument in the church parking lot where they had parked their cars. Spillover violence from the nightclub has been a problem at the church for a long time.

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11

2012

Tulsa, OK

Scary moments followed when a car thief stole a truck which had two small children in it. The 5-month-old baby was safely recovered in a residential neighborhood. The one-year-old was dropped off in the parking lot of the St. Francis Xavier Church. Fortunately she was soon discovered by church parishioners. Police felt they were dealing with a three hour window to find her before death on what may have been the coldest night of the winter.

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9

2012

Culpeper, VA

Mystery clouds a shooting in the parking lot of the Epiphany Catholic School at 10:00 Thursday morning. 54-year-old Patricia Cook had never had any encounter with police, and was a respected retired local professional. But she was reported as a suspicious person in the church / school parking lot. The responding police officer, Daniel Harmon-Wright, shot and killed her. Wright was indicted on murder charges.  

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6

2012

Cleveland, OH

Father Dean Dimon of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and Father John Ojaimi from nearby St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church both confronted William Horning who had been working churches in the area by taking money without doing the work charged for. Horning became angry when confronted with his ruse (discovered to be a parole violation of prior convictions). They pinned him down as they were awaiting arrival of law-enforcement, but he hit Father John in the head and escaped. As Horning was fleeing the church, he purposely hit two arriving officers with his car as they identified themselves and tried to stop him. The injuries to the officers and the priest were not life-threatening.

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3

2012

Princeton, WV

30-year-old Jason Hicks was found shot to death in the parking lot of the Pentecostal Chapel of Praise. The gunshot was not self-inflicted, but no arrests have yet been made. The shooting occured around 7:30 PM on Friday night.

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2

2012

Rochester Hills, MI

50-year-old Jeff Murri, GM of Fox News affiliate WJBK, committed suicide in the parking lot of his family church -- St. Irenaeus Catholic Church on Thursday afternoon. Murri died of a single gunshot wound to his head.

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2

2012

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

A woman attempted to stab another woman as the two were attending St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. 

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2

2012

Corpus Christi, TX

As a maintenance man for St. Bartholemew’s Episcopal Church was going to repair equipment on the building, he was assaulted by an unknown man who stabbed him with an unknown object in the attack. The wounds are non-life threatening. Police never found the assailant. The belief is that the attacker was homeless.

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1

2012

Springfield, MA

The body of 38-year-old Judy Ramirez was found at the base of stairs leading into the basement of the Progressive Community Chapel. The investigation determined homicide due to blunt force trauma. 30-year-old Ronald Ruell Jr. arrested and charged with her murder.

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22

2012

Nevada, MO

A small fire was ignited when an unidentified person threw a Molotov cocktail at the Sylvan Dale church.

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20

2012

Albany, GA

As the worship service began at the Albany Rescue Mission, Major Scott came in threatening other participants with a knife, disrobed and continued lunging at people with a knife. When police arrived, he had to be tazed in order to arrest him.

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20

2012

Akron, OH

3 men robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of the North Hills Community Baptist Church. Arrests were made on 16, 17 & 19-year-old robbers who struck at 8:00 PM on Friday night. Police tracked them in the snow to make the arrest 

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18

2012

Goose Creek, SC

As the choir of St. James United Methodist Church were rehearsing, a man walked in the unlocked door and started down the aisle towards them with a long gun (investigators are uncertain if it was a shotgun or rifle) yelling at them to get on the floor. He was loud, vulgar and overpowering as people tried to comply but some older folks could not physically meet his demands. He got away with cell phones, billfolds and purses.

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17

2012

Charleston, WV

Following a domestic dispute, 40-year-old Tommy Gene Ransbottom held a gun to his own head then fired it multiple times into the air. As police were responding he drove to the Rock Lake Presbyterian Church. As officers and family members pleaded with him in the church parking lot around 01:00 AM, he got out of his car and began walking towards officers refusing to lay his weapon down. He was shot and killed as police determined his actions were putting them in danger.

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17

2012

Salisbury, NC

By the time police arrived at the scene of a fight in the parking lot of the Milford Hills United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening, all suspects and victims had fled. 3 spent 9 mm casings were retrieved, but nobody seemed to have been hit.

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15

2012

Omaha, NE

As congregants were worshipping inside the Afresh Anointing Church, they heard gunshots that first sounded as if they were coming from the basement. They soon discovered they were coming from outside where 18-year-old Wallace Hubbard had been shot in the arm and lower back. He told police he did not know his attacker who confronted him as he was walking by the church.

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15

2012

South Bend, IN

“Random act of violence” seems to be the only explanation for why a couple of unidentified shooters shot at least 6 9mm rounds at a homeless man standing close to the downtown First United Methodist Church. One of the rounds cut through his pants, but none struck his body. The homeless man told police he was waiting outside the church to use their weather amnesty program.

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15

2012

Flint, MI

As people were arriving at the Salem Lutheran Church, a 54-year-old woman was approached by two men with a gun as she got out of her car. They demanded her car from her which she gave them avoiding any further confrontation. Neither they nor the car have been located.

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14

2012

Rochester, MA

Raymond C. Phelps committed suicide in front of the Holy Rosary Parish. His body was discovered as a church worker was coming into the church that morning.

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11

2012

Cordell, OK

A 12 and 13-year-old boy got into a fight in the First Baptist church basement after Wednesday night youth services. During the fight, the 12-year-old fell backward and hit his head on the floor. The boy died from his injuries. This simple juvenile scuffle was never intended to be deadly force in nature, but it ended as such. I did not want to post this one, but it is what it is.

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11

2012

Helotis, TX

On Wednesday afternoon about 3:00, Manuel Rodriguez, 51, walked into at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Zeferina Castillo, 54 (the proprietor of a local funeral home). They calmly walked to the front of the church, but the video recordings stopped before he shot her several times killing her. He then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide beside her at the altar. Castillo’s husband had died in 2007, and she was dating Rodriquez.

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11

2012

Rutherford, NJ

In a rash of anti-Semitic attacks occurring in the area, the latest is attempted murder as someone used several Molotov Cocktails and other incendiary devices to firebomb  the Congregation Beth El Synagogue. Rabbi Nosson Schuman was in the upstairs residence of the Synagogue where his wife and five children were also sleeping when the attack begun around 04:30 Wednesday AM. The Rabbi was treated for burns, but no other members of his family were injured when a firebomb broke through his window and failed to explode, but did ignite the bed he was sleeping on. 19-year-olds Aakash Dalal & Anthony Graziano arrested. Graziano was charged with 9 counts of attempted murder. 

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9

2012

Fredericksburg, TX

About 09:00 on Monday AM a Memorial Presbyterian Church employee was alone in the church doing administrative duties. A door chime had sounded indicating someone had entered, and when she turned around a stranger demanded cash and held up a knife. She ran into a bathroom to call 911, but he kicked in the door. He fled the scene before police arrived and the employee was unhurt.

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8

2012

Alabama City, AL

Luis Ibarra-Hernandez is an Islamist Extremist who intentionally led police into shootouts at two churches shortly after midnight.  As police were investigating shots fired, they heard shots themselves, then observed the shooter running into the Cathedral of Praise parking lot. He continued eluding and shooting, at one point engaging officers in the parking lot of the Dwight Baptist Church as well. After his arrest he acknowledged wanting to shoot police to call attention to Islam.

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6

2012

Grand Rapids, MI

A group of teens became angry at not being let into a youth event at the Streams of Hope Community Center  (launched, and partially funded / operated by Hillside Community Church).  In the confrontation that took place outside where the intruders were turned away, the anger led to 25 gunshots by the troublemakers, leaving one ministry organizer in the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his head. No arrests made of the 8 attackers as of press time. 

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4

2012

Albuquerque, NM

As professional burglars often do, Mark Macoldowna (aka Mark Beechum – well known to law enforcement  as a constitutionalist who despised Catholicism), James Kellogg and Kymberly Bates came in from out of town specifically to case an apparent high value soft target. They believed the Archdiocese Catholic Center held valuable cash assets that would be easy taking. As the robbery began, Beechum overcame an unarmed security guard who he beat, then left tied up as he found the safe and started to exit with it not knowing the guard had managed to send an alert. When Officer Mario Perez encountered Beechum, the robber dropped the safe and began firing at Officer Perez who returned fire killing Beechum. 

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2012

New York, NY

80 - 100 people were worshipping in the Al-Khoei Mosque (the largest Shite Mosque in North America) when an unidentified man hit the facility with a Molotov cocktail which engulfed the main entry doors. The same man is believed to be responsible for a total of 5 fire-bombings over the weekend, including another house of Worship – a home modified into a small Hindu temple. Police are questioning a person of interest.

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2012

Colorado Springs, CO

As worship service was going on in the Apostolic Assembly Church, a bullet apparently fired by a passing motorist came through a window. 

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2012

Arlington, TX

A man was headed from the parking lot into the Iglesia Ni Cristo Church of Christ around 06:30 AM Sunday morning. He was stopped by an unidentified man in the parking lot who robbed him and shot him in the stomach. Another suspect joined the shooter as they both left in the victim’s vehicle.

Welcome to the comprehensive list of Ministry related deadly force incidents. The data listed below is for the time period of the previous year to the current date of this year. Last update: 4/03/2014.

Data is available by request for past years from Jan 1, 1999 to current.

Thank you to the many of you who have become regular or one-time contributors of stories that were missed. This website would not be the success it is without your contributions.

Disclaimer Notice on incident stories and statistics: Extensive effort has been made to verify accuracy in each story. 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.

Only incidents which occurred on U. S. soil are included.

In the short story line published for each incident, emphasis is on stating details that may help security operators consider lessons learned. For general statistics compiled of the stories following, see the violence statistics tab.

The following criteria govern this set of data.

1. The incident must have occurred on the grounds of the church or ministry, or on property owned by the ministry (i.e. church parsonage or ministry camp). In the cases where an attack on the pastor or pastor’s family at their home was related to church activity, those stories are included as well (a random robbery that happened to be at the pastor-owned home would not be included, but see incident on 10/10/11 that was included as an example).

2. In rare cases, attacks in general public areas are included if that is the primary ministry field of the organization.

3. If the pastor or ministry principle is the attacker, it is considered a deadly force incident regardless of where that ministry leader perpetrated the act.

4. There must be at least one of the following;

a. Victims or potential victims of potential charges of homicide, attempted homicide or crimes of violence with homicide potential (assault with a deadly weapon, arson with people in the building, kidnapping / abduction, attempted abduction, baby abandoned in dangerous elements, etc)

b. Suicide or attempted suicide.

c. Suspicious or unattended death of body found on ministry grounds.

d. Evidence of the use of deadly force by either attackers or defenders. If the attack was not intended to be deadly force, but an act of aggression was involved that became a homicide, it is a deadly force incident.

e. A credible threat of deadly force which resulted in arrests, significant property damage or evidence of a bombing attempt or plan.

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