Gunman caught after shooting father-in-law in church, police say

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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    "It is a sad fact that criminals target "safe" zones for shootings so that they can get away with their crimes. "

    Last I checked 10,000 people a year die from gun violence and yet we are shocked when shootings happen in churches, schools, or other "gun free zones" because of how rare they are. The math doesn't add up on your claim.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 17, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    "....should there be any surprise at the random violence, even in places of worship?...."

    None at all in a country where citizens are so heavily-armed.

    See? I can imagine correlations and refract broad generalizations from the least bit of material as well as the next guy.

  • Another Perspective Bountiful, UT
    June 17, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    Albert Maslar CPA


    Very thoughtful comments but in this case everything you say is quite likely above the mental capacity of suspect in this case to comprehend. A person would have to read the news and be politically aware to know what it is that you're talking about.

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    June 17, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Rodney Dangerfield is famous for saying, "I get no respect," and that certainly applies to God who gets no respect in this permissive out-of-control culture driven by love of pleasure and everything ungodly. God, Jesus, family, and religion in general, get no respect, starting with the President who claims to be Christian but espouses non-Christian anti-God causes. Constitutional requirement sworn office-holders to enforce the law but Obama refused to protect the Defense of Marriage Act, and is now his military department is forbidding military chaplains to pray over dead military in the name of Jesus. So should there be any surprise at the random violence, even in places of worship?

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    Second amendment, spelling errors and lousy editing aside, the thing that catches my attention is that our children and grandchildren (yes I am older than dirt) live with and marry people who are barely housebroken who lean toward violence to solve their problems.

    Much of our social problems seem to focus on people who cannot govern themselves in society. They do violence to themselves and others and have no regard for anyone but themselves. They run with scissors and do not play nice with the other children on the playground.

    A free society only works when people are responsible and respectful of the other people in the society. An angry person with a weapon will not respect any law. It is sad what was done, and when the motive(s) come out we may be surprised at the pettiness of the problem as it relates to the act of revenge.

  • coloradoblue Grand Junction, CO
    June 17, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Utah does not permit the carrying of a concealed weapon in churches. It is a sad fact that criminals target "safe" zones for shootings so that they can get away with their crimes. Case in point is the Aurora shooting in Colorado. The gunman passed several theaters to get to the theater he used because it is a place that has a sign in the window banning concealed weapons. Maybe Utah should reconsider their law on where a person can carry a concealed weapon. After all, there is a church around every corner in Utah.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    June 17, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    Dubai Holladay Are you kidding? Assuming you did not say a little regulation in jest. It is well known there is a law preventing criminals from buying guns. Also felons are not allowed to possess guns. Seem like a lot of regulation did not work. Huh? Go figure.Maybe there is in the desert you do not get the news often.

  • fourfunsons Calgary, 00
    June 17, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    On pg 1, he's Charles Richard Jennings, 35; on pg. 2, he's "Jenson" with a criminal history.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 17, 2013 6:22 a.m.

    If guilty he should get 30 years for shooting his father in law in the back of the head and another 20 for doing it in a time when people will try to use this as an excuse to take away second amendment rights.

  • sjc layton, UT
    June 17, 2013 5:39 a.m.

    Someone tell me why the woman was asleep at noon on FATHER'S DAY?

  • Dubai Holladay Dubai, UAE, 00
    June 17, 2013 3:57 a.m.

    Now that all the readers have figured out how they were related, let's get to the true but sad fact of the story. He should NOT have had a gun, maybe a little regulation could have prevented this guy from shooting his father in law.

  • cmoreno Pleasant View/Weber, UT
    June 16, 2013 11:51 p.m.

    clarifications. yes, father-in-law. They are married, not just a boyfriend. Most of the articles/newscasts have stupid errors and misquotes. The grandson was not in Mass (thankfully) but their daughter witnessed her husband shoot her father! Prayers are needed obviously regardless of the errors in reporting.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    June 16, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    Except the article stated: "related to by marriage", so doesn't that mean they would have to have been married, at some point? :)

  • KWL Bountiful, UT
    June 16, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    It may be that that was the quote they were given and that the commentator, who was afraid of being identified as someone who had spoken to them, didn't want to elaborate.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    June 16, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    That's one scary looking dude. Glad he's off the street.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    June 16, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    The father of his ex-girlfriend, I'm assuming. Women have babies with losers, and their parents suffer -- in this case, suffer in the extreme. Hope the loser is locked up for the rest of his life.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    June 16, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    What a terrible thing to happen, especially in church and especially on Father's Day. And most especially if the young boy had to witness his father shoot his gradnfather.

    Sympathies to all.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    "Police have named Charles Richard Jennings, 35, as a suspect. .... A fellow church-goer said the victim is the grandfather of Jenning's son."

    Ahmmmm. I echo another commentator in asking if the means the victim is the suspect's father?

    Is the vagueness due to the fact that this happened on "Father's Day" and describing their relationship straight up would be insensitive somehow?

    Very tragic crime but made more so by the weird reporting.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    June 16, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    To A Guy with a Brain,
    It took me some figuring too to figure out their relationship, except I'd bet it isn't his father in law because he probably isn't married to his son's mother (ie, to his girlfriend.)

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 16, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Article quote: "A fellow church-goer said the victim is the grandfather of Jenning's son."

    So doesn't this mean that the shooter just shot his father or father-in-law?

    Either way, what a mess.....

    My prayers go out to the man who was shot and his familiy.