Sunday, March 8, 2009

Illinois Pastor Fred Winters Used His Bible To Deflect Gunman's Bullets

This is a sad and bizarre story. An Illinois pastor named Fred Winters was gunned down earlier today while he was preaching. He tried to deflect the gunman's bullets with the Bible he was reading from, but he was fatally wounded when one of the bullets struck him in the chest. From

An Illinois pastor was shot and killed, and two parishioners injured after an unknown gunman opened fire during Sunday services at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill.

A gunman walked down the church aisle and briefly spoke to the pastor before shooting during the 8:15 a.m service. Rev. Fred Winters used the Bible he was reading from to shield himself from the first round of bullets being pumped at him, a parishioner told FOX News.

The gunman's .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol jammed after the fourth shot was fired. The suspect then started stabbing himself with a four-inch knife, Ralph Timmins of the Illinois State Police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Timmins said the gunman slashed two parishioners when they tried to subdue him. Continue reading on


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