What started out as a Sunday like any other, ended as one that members of a Fallon, Nevada ward will never forget.
A lone gunman entered the chapel during Sacrament as a speaker was beginning his talk.
The alleged gunman, identified as John K. O’Connor, walked up to the victims and shot them at point blank range, killing one, and injuring another in the leg.
While many of the details are still being gathered, there is a lot of information that is surfacing on social media from those who had close ties to those in Fallon, Nevada.
Got a text from my in-laws in Fallon. "Primary had just finished singing when I heard a pop and another pop, I looked and there was someone shooting in the church." Thankfully they're ok and this will probably barely register on the national news, but why is this seen as normal?
— Ian Gore (@ijgore) July 23, 2018
The name of the victim that was mortally wounded was Bert Miller. He has been caring for his wife LuDene, who is in a battle of her own with cancer.
The man killed by a shooter in a Fallon LDS church has been identified as Charles E. Miller, better known to residents here as Burt.
— Sam Gross (@samzgross) July 23, 2018
LDS Church spokesperson Eric Hawkins said in a statement:
We have recently learned of a shooting in Fallon, Nevada, during a church service. Details are still developing, and inquiries should be directed to local law enforcement personnel. We express our love to those in this congregation and our prayers for the victims and their families. Local leaders are ministering to them at this time.
Deeply saddened by the act of senseless violence in Fallon today at the LDS church. We are in contact with Mayor Tedford and other officials. My family and I are praying for all loved ones, churchgoers, and community members impacted by this tragedy.
— Dean Heller (@SenDeanHeller) July 22, 2018
Please pray for the family of the victim and also the Fallon, Nevada ward. This is a tragic event that will never be forgotten, and there are many wounds that need to be healed. For more detailed information, you can read Tad Walch’s report from the Deseret News here > More on the Fallon Nevada Shooting
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