Indian American kills wife at US church

November 24th, 2008 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Jersey City (New Jersey), Nov 24 (IANS) An Indian American man shot dead his wife and critically injured two others when he opened fire at a church in New Jersey whose 150-strong congregation has links with the Indian state of Kerala, US police said Monday.The incident occurred at 11.44 a.m. Sunday at St. Thomas Knanaya Church in Clifton.

A Clifton Police detective told IANS that a massive manhunt had been launched to nab the assailant, who has been identified as 27-year-old Joseph Pallipurath. A case of homicide has been registered against him.

Police said Pallipurath drove all the way from Sacramento in California in his green Jeep Wrangler to kill his wife, 24-year-old Reshma James, who was at the church.

Reshma succumbed to injuries Sunday afternoon. Those injured in the incident have been identified as 23-year-old Dennis John Malloosseril and 47-year-old Silvy Perincheril. They are said to be in a “very critical condition”.

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