A gunman broke through a church in New Hampshire and shot a bride and the bishop before wedding guests caught him, authorities told. Investigators want to understand if the attack is linked to a previous fatal shooting.
Dale Holloway, 37, was charged with first-degree assault after he allegedly opened fire at the New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham on Saturday.
The shooting left Claire McMullen, 60, hospitalized with arm injuries at a local hospital. The bishop, Stanley Choate, 75, was shot in the chest and hospitalized in serious condition, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement.
Mark Castiglione, 60, was hit in the head with a thing and was treated and discharged from a local hospital. McMullen and Castiglione are the bride and groom.
A 911 caller reported a man walked into the church and shot at the presiding bishop, the state attorney general’s office said.
Officers came to church after 10 a.m. Saturday and found wedding guests had subdued the male suspect, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said at a news conference.
Other wedding guests had minor injuries and nobody was killed. Investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting is linked to a previous incident involving the son of the groom, Brandon Castiglione, who is accused of second-degree murder in the killing of pastor Luis Garcia this month. Garcia worked at the same church where Saturday’s shooting took place, and his body was found at a home in Londonderry on October 1, according to the affiliate.
When asked if the shooting was related to Garcia’s killing, investigators said they are trying to determine whether there was a connection.
“We are certainly looking into that right now … whether there is, in fact, a clear connection between these two events that is something we’re trying to put together,” said Benjamin Agati, a senior assistant attorney general.
A memorial service was scheduled to be held for Garcia, 60, at the same venue after the wedding.