Lord, Help Us: Louisiana Pastor Shot Dead In Front Of Congregation As He Preached

September 30, 2013  |  

In heartbreaking news, a pastor from Lake Charles, La. was shot dead in front of more than 60 members of his congregation when a man walked into his church during revival and shot the pastor twice.

According to USA Today, Pastor Ronald J. Harris was preaching for revival on Friday evening at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center when the shooter, 53-year-old Woodrow Karey, calmly walked into the church, went up to the pulpit, and fired at Pastor Harris at close range. When he fell to the ground, the gunman shot him again. The pastor’s wife was there at the time her husband was gunned down. He died on the scene.

Police say the motive for the shooting at the moment is unclear, and aren’t sure if Karey and Pastor Harris even knew each other or if this was a random attack. But seeing as how Karey didn’t show just in the church but went straight for the pastor, chances are, they had probably come into contact in the past. After shooting him, Karey ran out of the church, but later called the police to surrender. According to USA Today, when they picked him up, they found guns he disposed of in a nearby wooded area. Karey has no previous known criminal history, but he’s been charged with second-degree murder and is being held with a bond set at $1 million for the attack. No one from the church or from the Harris family has decided to comment on the tragedy.

I can’t imagine the wave of fear and shock that the congregation, especially Harris’ wife, felt during that harrowing scene on Friday. People are out here getting really bold and it’s definitely a scary thing. We’re praying for the Harris family and the congregation of the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center.

 

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