Gunman kills two in church shooting spree in Knoxville, TennesseeJuly 28th, 2008 - 9:59 pm ICT by David M N James
A man sporting a shotgun 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. The man caused total chaos in the church as members of the congregation fled. Linda Kraeger, 61a victim of this greasily incident, died at a hospital several hours after the shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Knoxville. Greg McKendry, a 60-year-old usher and board member at the church was also killed.The prime suspect Jim Adkisson, 58, of Powell, Tennessee, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder. Adkisson is not a member of the Knoxville church. Police have not yet determined a motive for the shooting. Five people were critically injured and have bad bullet injuries but are receiving medical attention. Two other people hurt in the attack were treated and released. McKendry was shot at the lobby where he stood in the front of the gunman and took the blast to protect the rest of the congregation.
Members of the church are claiming that a man entered the building at about 10:15 a.m. and began shooting during a children’s production of the musical “Annie.” About 200 people in the church were watching the production, which was being put on by 25 children. None of the children present was shot. Church members overpowered the gunman and held him until officers arrived. Investigators are looking into whether Adkisson has a criminal history while the local police set his Bail at $1 million late yesterday. The church, on its Web site, is a community that has worked for social change including desegregation, women’s rights and gay rights since the 1950s. Sunday’s attack is the fourth in15 months that an American church became a scene of a shooting.