Tragedy took place in Illinois this week, as Pastor Fred Winters of First Baptist Church was shot and killed in a horrific attack.
The shooter entered the 1200 member church on Sunday morning, and proceeded to the pulpit. Onlookers mistook the shooter’s initial antics as being part of service. What was really going was not realized until it was too late.
After the shooter produced a gun from his person, it’s said Pastor Fred Winters managed to get put up his Bible in front of him. The shooter’s first bullet ripped through the Bible, sending pages flying all about. The second bullet hit the pastor.
At this point the shooter’s gun jammed and he pulled out a knife, but several brave members of the congregation were able to respond by this time jump the killer. At least one man received minor knife injuries in the scuffle.
Our hearts go out to the community, and especially the friends and family of Pastor Winters. You are all in our prayers.