Sudden outbursts of a gun brought a peaceful morning to an abrupt halt this past Fathers Day morning in Ogden, Utah.
According to FOX News, the incident took place roughly around 11:30 AM early on Sunday. An armed 35-year-old Charles Jennings burst into a Catholic Church, shooting a man in the back of the head.
Officials have noted that the victim is Jennings’ father-in-law. When the attacker entered initially, he was with his wife and also the daughter of John Evans, the victim.
Jennings promptly fled the scene in a pickup truck following the assault only later to be apprehended by the police.
“We don’t know the motive,” Ogden police Lt. Danielle Croyle told the Huff Post. “It is a domestic violence-related incident.”
Reverend Erik Richsteig of the Just Catholic Church congregation reported noticing previous threats Jennings had made to Evans. Still, his attack was abrupt and sudden, and according to police officials, he simply walked up to the victim and shot him without much warning. Presently Evans is in critical condition, but Dr. Barbara Kerwin of McDay-Dee Hospital in Ogden has indicated that the victim is due to recover shortly.
Parishioner Rebecca Ory Hernandez said the congregation was told by a priest that the suspect and his wife had been involved in domestic disputes.
Hernandez was sitting close to the victim when the shooting occurred, she said.
“The guy walked up to his father-in-law and shot him point blank in the head,” Hernandez told Ogden’s Standard-Examiner. “Then I ran over to the victim and pulled my scarf off and put it around his head.
“He was pretty calm. There was so much blood … People were in shock and some people were passing out. We have some military guys in our parish and they ran out after the guy,” she added.
Although the bullet wound was nearly fatal, it went through the victims ear and out of Evan’s cheek, just barely missing the victim’s brain. Doctors anticipate that he will surely survive and is already recuperating well.
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