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Woman Killed in Detroit Church Shooting
Cat : Chez Les Autres
Date : 2006-02-27 18:21:30                      Reader : 336
Associated Press 27/2/2006
 
Woman Killed in Detroit Church Shooting
 
By MICHAEL J. FEENEY
 
 
DETROIT - A woman was killed and a 9-year-old girl was wounded when a gunman opened fire during a church service, prompting frightened parishioners to duck under pews for safety. The suspect fled and later shot a man before turning the gun on himself.
 
The shootings happened in and near Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church about 11 a.m Sunday and grew out of a domestic dispute, said police Second Deputy Chief James Tate.
 
The gunman was identified as 22-year-old Kevin L. Collins, who reportedly went to the church looking for his 19-year-old girlfriend, Jamika Williams.
 
The young woman's aunt, Connie Minter, told The Detroit News that Collins began shooting after Jamika Williams's mother refused to tell him where to find her daughter.
 
The mother, 38-year-old Rosetta Williams, was killed. A girl seated next to Williams was hit in the hand by shotgun pellets. The little girl is Williams' godchild, according to published reports.
 
Ann Armstrong, 30, of Detroit, watched the shootings unfold.
 
"I seen him come in through the balcony door, and he pulled the gun from under his coat," Armstrong said. "He just started shooting her, then he shot at the pulpit."
 
The gunman then left the church. The third victim, a man in his 50s, was in critical condition after being shot when he tried to protect his wife from a carjacking attempt by the gunman.
 
About 5 1/2 hours later, Tate said officers spotted Collins walking about a mile south of the church and saw him run behind a home. "An officer then heard a loud boom," Tate said.
 
Collins died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
After the gunman left, church members embraced each other before continuing to pray as police started coming in, Armstrong said. "It was a lot of crying, a lot of hugging and a lot of praying," she said.
 
Church members then continued the service, Tate said.
 
"They didn't let this incident stop the reason why they came to church," he said. "They came to worship."
 
The Rev. Curtis Grant, the church's pastor, asked people to pray for those involved in the shooting.
 
"The sanctity of our sanctuary has been disturbed," Grant said. "We're just trying to get the families and children through this tragedy."

 
 
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