Volunteer killed at Creflo Dollar's Georgia megachurch, police say
Police are looking for a gunman after the shooting at the Georgia megachurch of televangelist Creflo Dollar.
October 24th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

Volunteer killed at Creflo Dollar's Georgia megachurch, police say

Editor's note: A former employee of televangelist Creflo Dollar's Atlanta-area megachurch is suspected of fatally shooting one of the church's volunteer staff members as the volunteer was leading a prayer service there Wednesday morning, police say. The suspect, Floyd Palmer, 52, was arrested hours later at an Atlanta mall, the U.S. Marshals Service told CNN. Below are developments as they come in; for more on the shooting and Dollar's church, check out this story, and CNN affiliates WXIA, WSB and WGCL.

[Updated at 4:27 p.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting, Floyd Palmer, 52, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta's Lenox Square mall, the U.S. Marshals Service says.

Earlier, police said Palmer was an former employee of World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, where the shooting happened Wednesday morning during a prayer service.

Floyd Palmer

[Updated at 12:39 p.m. ET] The man who died was a volunteer staff member who was leading a prayer service for about 20 people at the church when he was shot, and investigators believe the gunman was a former church member and facilities maintenance employee, police said.

The suspect, Floyd Palmer, 52, is on the loose, according to police. The shooting happened at World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, where Palmer worked until August, authorities said.

Police said the victim was 39, but his name hasn't been released. A police spokeswoman said she didn't know whether the victim was targeted specifically, and she didn't know whether Palmer knew the victim.

Police, citing witnesses, said Palmer entered the church calmly, shot the victim, and calmly left the building.

[Updated at 11:37 a.m. ET] A man has died after being shot Wednesday morning at the suburban Atlanta megachurch of televangelist pastor Creflo Dollar, a Fulton County Police Department spokeswoman says.

The shooter is on the loose, Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester added. The victim's identity hasn't been released.

[Posted at 11:04 a.m. ET] At least one person was shot Wednesday morning at the suburban Atlanta megachurch of pastor Creflo Dollar, and police are looking for the gunman, authorities say.

The shooting happened at a chapel in the World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, a police spokeswoman told CNN. CPR was being performed on the victim, whose identity wasn't immediately released, CNN affiliate WXIA reported.

The church does have a morning service, but Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said she didn't know whether the service was in progress at the time of the shooting.

The church claims about 30,000 members. Dollar is a high-profile preacher of the Prosperity Gospel, whose message in part is that God promised generosity in this life and that believers can claim it.

Since he started his ministry in an elementary school cafeteria in 1986, Dollar has received praise and criticism. Supporters say he has preached a message that's financially empowered his parishioners and challenged the idea that Christians should be ashamed to be rich. Critics call him "Cash-Flow Dollar" and say his message perverts the Gospel.

Dollar produces a "Changing Your World" TV program that is shown on various cable and satellite TV networks.

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  1. Christine

    I am amazed at all the posts over this story. Maybe I am wrong but it seems to me it is just about a disgruntled ex employee looking for revenge.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      and god was on vacation instead of being home to protect him....

      October 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rock45

    it's ironic that he was praying to the God that is supposed to protect him. It makes you think. Regardless, my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims. This madness needs to stop.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      keep thinking... you might finally discover that there is no more god than a giant pink teapot orbiting the moon....

      October 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I'm Just Saying...

    I guess he should have been praying not to get shot...

    October 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. if ONLY he had heeded Jesus' warning to PRAY ALONE AND IN HIDING

    this never would have happened...

    So sad, that Christians refuse to follow the simple rules that Jesus laid out for them.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    Way to go. Where is Jesus/Allah when you need him?

    October 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Another ded 1

    Lots left after this one. We can finally clean up this country, get rid of the intolerant wing nut bible thumpers.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. topcat

    Blind faith must trample underfoot, all sense, reason and understanding. – Martin Luther

    October 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keith

    It was meant to be. GOD decided it was his day to die!! NOT...... How stupid is that to believe? Wait, there are millions and millions of imaginary figure believers who think that....

    October 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jennifer

    I am not religious, I am a Christian. I am one simply because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I am tired of people bashing Christians saying that we all are "religious " or being brainwashed, because we all are not! Anyone can do anything religiously! I believe in the holy bible and what it says is the truth, no matter what anyone says (be it a pastor or anyone else). I study my bible to show myself approval, so I will not be brainwashed.

    October 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • vgarmstead

      well said!

      October 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • David in Tampa

      Oh good more censorship

      October 25, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |

      It is evident that the body of christ is under attack please saints of the faith
      if you can received guidance and instructions from your spiritual leaders join
      in a 24 hours pray the faith is under attack and indictment by evil may the holy spirit keep all our spiritual leaders and members balanced and secure during this tribulation. our thought and prays are with the parishioner who was murdered and the family .

      October 25, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      So.... after all that you wrote you say you are not brainwashed... right.... Thanks, this is the kind of scary stuff that turns people to atheism instantly please keep up the good work..

      October 25, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • douglas

      Chill Jenny...Your relationship with God is different than mine...don't get all worked up, its personal!

      October 26, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • kb

      What's the difference between being religious and being a Christian?

      October 28, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jayson


      October 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. arethaW

    Safety is not guaranteed anywhere WE MUST PRAY for our protection and our family's protection and put on daily the full armour of God and teach children daily not to rebel nor take on revengeful actions ephesians 6:1-17. imagine how a child could perceive this incident.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David in Tampa

      You should not pray for anything. You should say Thank You Lord.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. sayswho

    terrible someone was shot ..... whether its in a church or not, its tragic.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tottie

    Black cloud over that man, hopefully he will straghiten up and use his gift for what it was given.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Carolyn

    It saddens me greatly to read all of these callous, unkind, and biased comments, with only a few sprinklings of reality and hope displayed. It's obvious that all the ranting re: $$ is based on 1) the news article's definition of the pastor's message as one of "prosperity," 2) schoolyard-like taunting of the man because of his last name, and 3) a thorough misunderstanding of God, how He works, and what this ministry is about. Please realize the media is always looking to sensationalize a story, and if it can throw a spectre of religious misguidedness in the mix, it gets much more attention and money – their goal! And really, if you're going to take the time to comment on this, please also take the time to watch one of Pastor Dollar's teaching segments – they're on most local and all cable listings. I've done so, happen to be white and live in Ohio, and can verify that he is not one of the skewed, money-hungry televangelists that ARE out there – his message of prosperity is about "the wealth of the riches in glory" God wants us to share in, that are available to everyone through His grace and mercy, to enrich and fulfill our lives spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and yes, to even provide for our financial needs – HIM in heaven, who owns ALL things – not the government welfare system or anyone else! God bless you, especially those who inquire after the Lord if this can be true.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Sha

      Well said!

      October 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • rita

      Carolyn I agree this world is sinful and people need to pray more. There is no regard to human life or respect for authority and office. I is getting worst. And the media need prayer more than ever they will write anything about our christian leaders and if they only knew our prayer is what is keeping this nation from going to hell in a hand basket.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lena

      Thanks Carolyn!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Alice

      Agree...well said!
      What is happening is what the bible speaks about in these last days. I'm a believer and I will continue to be. No one should knock someone else for their beliefs. If you don't agree with Christianity then you don't. What's great about this country is that we can believe as we choose. If Christianity is presented to you and you refuse it, then that is your prerogative. Just as it is my prerogative to refuse to worship other deities. Why do people insist upon calling us "crazy" or "brainwashed" because we do not believe as they do? Every time something happens in the church, here comes the ignorant posts. God help us!!!! Evil is present all around........Praying for our world!

      October 26, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kc

      You listen to Creflo Dollar and I will follow Christ.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Austin

    I shudder in recent times when I read comments made by Americans. You guys should get more education ( not meant to be an insult) .
    In Nigeria we read between the lines.
    The man in question is reported to have been a former employee, meaning he had left active service of the church. Is there any report of his involvement in such incidence while in the service of the church? None.
    It could therefore mean that church kept him sane. His leaving the church must have led him into vices that the church kept him from.
    Don't blame the church. Blame him – he pulled the trigger!

    October 25, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Haba, my fellow Nigerian, How are you gonna say Nigerians have special powers giving to them to read "between the lines". Go back to church! You need Deliverance..
      We all know the evil men are capable of doing whether in churches or not..

      October 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GAW

    Wow most of the comments by atheists sound like they are coming from the same person....or is it group think to the max?

    October 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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