The man walked into the sprawling red brick First Baptist Church shortly after 8 a.m. and briefly spoke with The Rev. Fred Winters before pulling out a .45-caliber handgun and shooting Winters once in the chest, said Illinois State Police Master Trooper Ralph Timmins.
Shot four times
The gun jammed before the man could fire again, Timmins
The attacker then pulled out a knife and injured himself before churchgoers subdued him.
Two parishioners involved in the struggle also suffered knife wounds, Timmins
said officials don't know whether Winters, a married father of two who had led the church for nearly 22 years, and the gunman knew each other.
Officials did not know the suspect's name.
"We don't know the relationship (between the gunman and pastor), why he's
here or what the circumstances came about that caused him in the first place to be here," Timmins
The Rev. Mark Jones, another pastor at First Baptist
, said he
did not recognize the gunman, who he
saw briefly before the man pulled out his
Jones went into an adjacent room and did not see the shooting, though he
heard a sound like miniature fire crackers.