9 Mar 2009

US pastor fatally shot in church

3:34 pm on 9 March 2009

A pastor has been killed and other people hurt in a shooting at a church in the American state of Illinois, according to police.

The gunman walked into a service at the First Baptist Church in Maryville and exchanged words with the pastor before shooting, officer Ralph Timmins said.

His gun then jammed and the man pulled out a knife and began stabbing himself with it, Mr Timmins said.

The suspected attacker is said to be in custody and receiving treatment.

Mr Timmins said the man had walked down the aisle during an early morning service on Sunday and had shot Pastor Fred Winters once.

Mr Winters died in a nearby hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Two members of the congregation were injured while trying to subdue the man after he produced the knife, Mr Timmins said.

Maryville is about 30km north-east of St Louis, Missouri.