A wedding ceremony at a church in a small New Hampshire town ended up tragic when a gunman walked in and opened fire, injuring at least two people before he was “gang-tackled” by attendees, New York Times reported.
The incident happened on Saturday morning at the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, a town of 12,000 people about 30 miles north of Boston, according to the report.
Wedding guests reportedly pinned down the gunman until the officers arrived and took him into custody.
The suspect, a man who the police said used a handgun, was not publicly identified nor was a motive revealed, but the police said the shooting did not appear to be random.
According to the report, police received a call of an active shooter at the New England Pentecostal Church church at 10:12 a.m. and found a man and woman with gunshot wounds. Their identities and conditions were not made publicly available.
Neivia Choate, a relative of one of the victims, wrote in a Facebook post:
“A coward walked into my family’s church today at NEP New England Pentecostal Church and shot my uncle Bishop Stanley Choate. I call for anyone that knows and believes and In the GOD we serve to get on your knees and pray for my family.”
Darius Mitchell, who said his family was close with Bishop Choate, said the church and its bishop were well known in the African-American community of Lowell, Mass., which is about 10 miles away.
Mr. Mitchell said that Bishop Choate, who was a 1963 graduate of Lowell High School, was being treated at Lowell General Hospital.
The shooting was the latest in a series of acts of violence to occur at houses of worship in the US.