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.

soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Just a Good Ol" Boy

    Must be one of my CHL buddies exercising his right to carry (and "stand his ground"). Also, don't forget his NRA right to be a target.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. SouthernGirl2

    Who is the victim? Was it Creflo Dollar?

    October 24, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Aurley

    A man dies in a Church, and the responses on here are about what kind of person you think Creflo is? What kind of car he drives? You people need church even more than the shooter.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • -KG-

      They need God in their lives.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diego Sanchez

    VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!

    October 24, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. seriously!

    wow this page is a joke

    October 24, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. djl

    It is so sad how humanity has lost it's values for life and fellow human beings..What difference if it was CA or GA..We are all Gods creation..may God bless this soul that was taken and bless Pastor Dollar and the MANY World changers there that are making a difference for others ALL over the world..plus there are satelite churces in LA and San Diego of this ministry..

    October 24, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. gisthatright

    God said make no monuments to me for the earth that I given you is the holiest sanctuary. I guess people omit that one.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Monica

    i used to go to kindergarden in that building and i was going to church but then all the copd one abulance and two firetrucks sowed up so i stayed in my car then a guy was brought out and i left but still that other news about someone wanting to carry a gun in church i dont think you should unless you have a badge or something that states you can carry a gun i can't even think this would ever happen.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Derrick

      So you have an affiliation with this terrorist group?

      October 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. djl

    Jesus loves you this I know!!!!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shaquanna Gordon

    My prayers goes out the the family of the victim. I hope the gunman will be caught.. I pray the victim was right with the lord.. this is so sad.. thank God no one else was injured and the pastor and first lady is safe.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • TC

      The President's wife was there?

      October 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    This is sad news. Sad that it wasn't the Westboro Baptist Cult Church.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      AMEN

      October 24, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Darw1n

      Patience, that great day will come

      October 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bren

    Ok

    October 24, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wagman

    I googled him and one of the articles says that his "church" not him, owns a Royles Royce...I didn't read much further to see who keeps the keys.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. dallaslk

    yeah now blame GOD. I thought atheist didn't believe in God... funny how they comment on this it self

    October 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • JAB62

      dallaslk
      We don't believe in god. When things like this happen we say things like "where was your god when this person got shot in his house of worship? Where is you god when the culprit is still at large?" things like that. Why do tornados hit chuches? Why does the vatican have lightning rods? Why do you believe in BS?

      October 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      You got me. My writing on this board proves that I am an atheist that believes in God. Honestly, I come here to get an idea about how dumb the masses are. This is more of a social litmus test for me.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jotrod

    I used to work in that area. It has become more dangerous. Not surprising at all, denial of the problems that plague the Atlanta area is damaging the culture. Poverty will increase as more people refuse to go there, even as a service guy, I felt unsafe much of the time that I spent in SW Atlanta.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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