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CanadaAlleged Salmon Arm church shooter charged with first degree murder

22:06  15 april  2019
22:06  15 april  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

One dead, one hospitalized, man in custody after shooting in B.C. church

One dead, one hospitalized, man in custody after shooting in B.C. church VANCOUVER — A 25-year-old man is in custody following a shooting at a church in Salmon Arm, B.C., that left one dead and sent another to hospital on Sunday morning. Salmon Arm RCMP say the shooting happened during an event at the Church of Christ in the community about 100 kilometres north of Kelowna, and investigators do not believe it was religiously motivated. They say a man entered the church at about 10:30 a.m. and allegedly shot two parishioners. Police say several parishioners wrestled the alleged shooter to the ground, and officers seized a rifle. They say one person died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Alleged Salmon Arm church shooter charged with first degree murder © Credit: Salmon Arm Church of Christ Gordon Parmenter, pictured here with his wife, was gunned down at the Church of Christ is Salmon Arm, B.C. on Sunday morning during service.

Matrix Savage Gathergood, 25, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of a church elder in Salmon Arm, B.C. on Sunday morning.

Gathergood faces charges of first degree murder, aggravated assault and disguise with the intent to commit an indictable offence.

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RCMP confirm the accused appeared in court by phone Monday morning morning. He’s been remanded into custody.

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Gathergood will appear in Salmon Arm provincial court on April 23.

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Salmon Arm RCMP say the attack happened during an event at the Church of Christ in the city about 100 km north of Kelowna, and investigators do not believe it was religiously motivated.

They said a man entered the church at about 10:30 a.m. and allegedly shot two congregants. One died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital in stable condition.

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Several other congregants wrestled the alleged shooter to the ground, police said, adding that officers seized a rifle.

Investigators say the suspect knew at least one of his alleged victims. Family members have identified the deceased victim as 78-year-old church elder Gordon Parmenter.

— With files from the Canadian Press

Three boys facing murder charge after teen found dead in car in Hamilton.
HAMILTON — Police say three boys will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a car in a wooded area in Hamilton. Investigators say they were called to the scene Monday evening on reports of a crash and found the vehicle, which appeared to have left the road. They say officers found the teen inside and tried to revive him but he was declared dead. Police say the injuries he had were inconsistent with a car crash. They say witnesses reported seeing three youths fleeing the area, and boys matching those descriptions were arrested nearby. Police say the three are expected in court today, where they will be charged with murder.

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