A Louisiana pastor is dead and one man is in custody after he opened fire during church service on Friday night.

Pastor Ronald Harris was shot twice by 53-year-old Woodrow Karey as he stood at the pulpit.

Karey has been charged with second-degree murder.

From CNN:

Witnesses told police that Karey walked into the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center around 8:20 p.m. and shot Pastor Ronald Harris twice — the first time as Karey entered the church and then again at close range after Harris had fallen to the floor, Myers said. “It was just kind of chaotic. It was like everybody was everywhere,” Talisha Harris, the pastor’s daughter, told CNN affiliate KPLC. Karey fled the scene on foot but later called the sheriff’s office and surrendered without incident, Myers said. During his arrest, Karey directed the deputies to two guns he had discarded in a wooded area.

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Karey, who was s deacon at the church, has no known criminal history and police do not know the motive for the crime.

There were approximately 50 witnesses at the church when the shooting occurred.

“He was a strong person, and whatever came his way, he still stood on the word of God. He stood. He never wavered,” said Harris’ daughter.


Our condolences to the family and congregation of Pastor Harris.

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