Sunday, 27 July 2008

2 killed in Tennessee church shooting: suspect charged

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/07/27/church.shooting/index.html
Aaron Cooper, Carol Cratty & Rusty Dornin, CNN
27 Jul 2008

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (CNN)
-- A shotgun-wielding man opened fire at a Unitarian church during a children's play Sunday morning, killing two adults and wounding seven others before being overpowered by congregants, officials said.

Jim Adkisson, 58, was charged with first-degree murder after Sunday's shooting at the Knoxville church.

One of the victims, Linda Kraeger, 61, died at a hospital several hours after the shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Knoxville municipal spokesman Randall Kenner said.

Also killed was Greg McKendry, a 60-year-old usher and board member at the church, police said earlier in the day.

A suspect, Jim Adkisson, 58, of Powell, Tennessee, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, Kenner said Sunday evening.

Adkisson is not believed to have been a member of the Knoxville church, and investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen told reporters.

"[The motive] is one thing we're obviously aggressively pursuing," Owen said.

Five others were hospitalized in either critical or serious condition, police said.

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