Louisiana pastor shot, killed in front of church

Louisiana Pastor Shot, Killed During Church Service

A Louisiana pastor was shot and killed in front of his own congregation, during the service.

Gunmen usually don’t get up the nerve to walk into a church and literally shoot the messenger while he’s preaching. That’s what happened at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles on Friday. In the latest wave of shootings including the unfortunate slaughtering of innocents at a Washington, D.C. Navy yard, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, a gunman simply walked in and killed the man in front of the people.

The suspect currently in custody, Woodrow Karey, 53, walked into the church as Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. was preaching almost ironically in a revival service, and fired several rounds at the pastor. 65 people including the preacher’s wife witnessed the gunman watching the pastor fall over before standing over him and proceeding to fire one more round into the deceased.

The Louisiana pastor shot was pronounced dead at the scene after the gunman fled.

Gunman Woodrow Karey later called the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, told the dispatcher where he was, and turned himself in. He was true to his word and arrested shortly after. It is unclear if the gunman and Pastor Harris had known each other previously, and there is no known motive as of yet for why Woodrow Karey did what he had.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Meyers said the gunman surrendered without further incident. She adds that investigators are busy today interviewing the congregation who witnessed the brutal murder.

Family members of the Louisiana pastor shot and killed in front of his church refused to comment on the situation, most likely grieving his death. Nobody at the church answered the building’s phone number given to authorities, for what may be the same reason.

What do you think the motive might have been for the Louisiana pastor shot in his own church in the middle of service?