Suspect Arrested After Alabama Church Shooting #BlackLivesMatter Silent
During a church service on Sunday morning, all hell broke loose when a black man entered the sanctuary, sat down, and then pulled out a gun and began shooting. A woman and her one-month old baby as well as the church’s pastor were all victims of the violence.
According to The Selma-Times Journal, 26-year-old James Junior Minter walked in to the Oasis Tabernacle Church in Selma, Alabama and began firing his gun at around 10:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department gave an account of the events which led up to the shootings.
Muhannad said Minter was sitting on the front row with his family when he started shooting. The female was shot in the face and the shoulder, the child was shot in the hand and the preacher was shot in the leg.
“He took a seat on the bench on the front row with his family, and then he just got into it, pulled a weapon and started shooting,” Muhannad said, adding the weapon Minter used was a handgun.
The pastor was able to grab Minter as he was shot, and church members helped hold Minter down and take the gun from him. Minter eventually fled the scene, but was captured by officers with the Selma Police Department less than a mile away from the church.
According to police, an unidentified 24-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and jaw and her one-month-old baby boy was shot in the hand. Robert Carswell, the pastor of the church, was shot in the leg. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson told CNN that Minter faces charges of three counts of attempted murder. That will change if the mother, who was reportedly a girlfriend of Minter, doesn’t survive. More