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Church shootings across the United States

Church tragedies

In the wake of the Charleston, S.C., massacre, a look back on church shootings in the past decade

Church shootings have occurred several times in recent years across the United States. Here is a summary:

June 17, Charleston, S.C. – Nine people were killed and one was wounded at a prayer meeting at a historic black church. A suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was captured in North Carolina, 200 miles away.

October 2012, College Park, Ga. – A volunteer leading a prayer service at megachurch World Changers Church International was shot and killed by Floyd Palmer, a former church maintenance employee. Palmer was arrested later at a shopping mall.

February 2010, Richmond, Calif. – Three hooded men walked into Gethsemane Church of God in Christ, opened fire and then fled. A 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were wounded.

March 2009, Maryville, Ill. – Terry Joe Sedlacek, 27, walked into the First Baptist Church, and shot pastor Fred Winters dead at point-blank range. Several church members were injured by a knife in the struggle to capture the man.

July 2008, Knoxville, Tenn. – A gunman killed two people and injured seven during a youth performance at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

December 2007, Arvada, Colo. – In the early morning hours, Matthew J. Murray, 24, killed two people and wounded two with a pistol at the Youth With a Mission training center. Later that day he attacked the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, killing two more people and injuring three. He was wounded by a member of the congregation and then committed suicide.

August 2007, Neosho, Mo. – Eiken Elam opened fire in First Congregational Church, killing three people and wounding several others.

May 2006, Baton Rouge, La. – Anthony Bell killed four people and wounded one on a Sunday morning at the Ministry of Jesus Christ church. He then abducted his wife and killed her at another location. He was captured at an apartment complex.

February 2006, Detroit – A domestic dispute was blamed when a gunman killed a woman and wounded two others at a Sunday service being held at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. The gunman then committed suicide.

April 2005, College Park, Ga. – A 27-year-old airman died after being shot at a church where he had once worked as a security guard.

March 2005, Brookfield, Wis.: Terry Ratzmann killed seven people and wounded four at the Living Church of God before taking his own life.