Authorities are searching for a former employee of the World Changers Church who they believe walked into a prayer meeting at the famed megachurch in suburban Atlanta and opened fire, killing the volunteer who was leading the service.
The suspect was identified as Floyd Palmer, 52, who left the church in August, citing personal reasons, Fulton County police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester said by telephone. Palmer, described as armed and dangerous, fled in a black Subaru, she said.
The shooting took place about 10 a.m. when the gunman entered the gold-domed church in College Park, Ga., and went into the chapel, where about two dozen congregants were praying. The gunman fired several shots, one of which hit the prayer leader, who was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, Lester said.
“He went in, walked in calmly, opened fire inside of the church and left as calmly as he came,” she said.