Ogden man shot as he knelt to pray is expected to recover

Church leader focusing on bravery, charity not on 'one act of evil'

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  • 7/24/47 Live Oak, CA
    June 19, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Struck close to home on this. Family member, bishop, killed in his office.
    Praying for this Father and his family. Glad to here he will recover. The shooter was either filled with hate, mental or on drugs. Not good for anyone!

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    June 17, 2013 11:48 p.m.

    Moniker, you seem to be looking for trouble where there is none. A newspaper looks for things that are newsworthy. A man getting shot in church while kneeling to pray is a bit unusual and dramatic in and of itself. Besides, his movements evidently saved his life, since had his head been in a different position the shot may have been fatal.

    I doubt the DN is trying to cry religious persecution. The shooter was known to the priest, indicating he had been to the church in the past. For all we know, he may be Catholic. A parishioner getting shot by a fellow parishioner really doesn't fulfill any criteria of religious persecution.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    June 17, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    Is it really relevant that he was shot "as he knelt to pray"? To me this is just another example of the Deseret News trying to add a religious persecution element to an already newsworthy story. I'm sure that shooter planned to shoot the victim regardless and that the victim happened to be "worshiping God" at the time had little if anything at all to do with it. But religious persecution pieces do sell more papers, don't they?

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    June 17, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    JohnInSLC, if you take a look at yesterday's comments you'll see that a few of the progressives chimed right in on gun-control. As usual, they did not have any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the weapon and its possessor Before making an evaluation because none was available.. As for the daughter leaving the scene, I don't think we can judge what we would do in a circumstance like that unless we had actually lived through it.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 17, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    I wonder what the time over/under is on progressives using this unfortunate incident to call for more gun control? (Despite the fact that "Jennings . . . is restricted from having firearms." Yeah, more laws will work great!)

    And a big thumbs-up to the parishioners who acted so quickly to chase this bad apple away. I'd worship with you folks any time!

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 17, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    I did word that first comment wrong. My bad. I do understand she was the daughter and not the spouse of the victim. But still, I have a hard time understanding why she would run off while her father (not spouse) had just been shot and was dying... especially since her husband (the shooter) had probably already left, since the article said he immediately ran off afterwards with other parishioners in pursuit.

    Most people would never, under almost any circumstance ever leave a crime scene with one of their parents dead or dying, regardless of the risk of staying. By doing so, it certainly doesn't help her case concerning the question of any possible involvement.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    June 17, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    Should she have stuck around to see if she was going to be killed next? i don't think so.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    June 17, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Maybe she ran off cause she feared she would be next?

    Is she an EMT? What could she do that everyone else that couldn't do?

    Maybe she was afraid the congregation would blame her. We tend to blame the relatives of those who do bad things. The school shooting in CT as one example.

  • Scott5 Quiet Neighborhood, UT
    June 17, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    Maybe she figured she was next to be shot.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    June 17, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    I too find it odd that the victim's daughter (perp's wife) would run off instead of staying to help her dad.
    Abused wife syndrome?

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    June 17, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    @Tators - It was the shooter's wife that ran off, which happened to be victim's daughter. The man who shot him was the victim's son-in-law. As for why she ran off, who knows? It doesn't mean she was involved, but it's too early to speculate. Obviously watching her husband shoot her father at church would be pretty traumatizing.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 17, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    If the victim's spouse wasn't involved with the shooting, why would she run off afterward, instead of staying with and helping her husband and doing what she could? Seems a bit strange.