MARYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Worshippers at the sprawling First Baptist Church in this St. Louis suburb initially weren't alarmed when a young man they didn't recognize walked up the church's center aisle during the early morning sermon. Until he opened fire.
The gunman, identified by authorities as a 27-year-old from Troy, strode toward the Rev. Fred Winters shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, exchanged words with him, then fired a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol until it jammed. Churchgoers then wrestled him to the ground as he brandished a knife, said Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent.
Winters later died of his injuries.