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article imagePastor shot, killed while preaching in Louisiana church service

By Yukio Strachan     Sep 29, 2013 in Crime
Lake Charles - Police are still trying to figure out why a gunman walked into a Louisiana church during a revival service Friday night and shot and killed the pastor while he was preaching.
Details of the death remain hazy on Sunday. According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers, the shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, the Associated Press reported.
Myers said Woodrow Karey, 53, of Lake Charles went into the church while Pastor Ronald J. Harris was preaching and opened fire. After Harris fell to the floor, Myers said Karey walked up to him, stood over him, and fired at least one more round in front of the terrified congregation, authorities told
The pastor was pronounced dead at the scene.
Karey fled on foot, Myers said, but later called the sheriff's office and surrendered.
After picking up Karey, deputies found two guns in a wooded area — one was a shotgun, the other a .22-caliber pistol, Myers said. Karey has no known criminal history, the Associated Press reported.
Karey was placed under arrest and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second-degree murder. Karey's bond has been set at $1 million.
Myers said authorities have not determined a motive for the shooting, but were "interviewing everybody who was there at the church."
According to Calcasieu Parish Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory, there were 65 witnesses inside the church at the time of the shooting, including the victim's wife, WTVM reported.
"At this point, we're just trying to piece together as much information as we can," said Guillory. "And find out what the cause of this was."
The investigation continues.
**September 29, 2012: Police say the 53-year-old suspect is a deacon at the church, CNN is reporting**
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