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. OhBoy1

    A magechurch pastor called Dollar..cant make this stuff up. George Carlin called it right – "You know whats next? Shootings in church..they'll call him a disgruntled worshipper".

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

      I read anopther story about this pastor Creflo Dollar.......it wasn't positive. But the artice did mention that his nay-sayers call him "Cash-Flo Dollar"......and a Rolls Royce also?? C'mon......seriously??

      October 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • GodKeepsMe1977

      This is not the time make jokes about people walking into peoples place of worship and start killing people. We have been hearing these types of things to much lately. You think this is a joke but you would think it is wrong if this was happening at family reunions. NONE OF THIS RIGHT!!!!

      October 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cindy

    Another sad story.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. streetdude66

    Obviously 1 of her followers is following Sarahs lock & load holy beliefs.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Jackdaw

    There seems to be a lot of shootings at churches lately. Maybe people should stop going to church.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darw1n

      Guns don't kill people. Religion kills people.

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

      Science flies people to the moon. Religion flies people into buildings.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      What?! Jesus' greatest commandments were to love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself. I agree, I'm not into "religion", I'm into a relationship with the God who loves us, even you Jackdaw 🙂 Let's stop blaming anything or anyone besides the shooter. People have free will to choose what they do with their lives – we all need to focus on making the right choices, serving and loving others, and stop tearing each other down.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obi Vious

      Religion breeds violence, ignorance, misogyny, and fraud... and has for 5,000+ years

      TAX CHURCHES NOW

      October 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrick

      Amy – I hope you provide the same excuses for muslim gunmen. Has nothing to do with their religion. I hope you are consistent and not a hypocrite and always blame the shooter and not the religion, whether they are american, christian, white or not.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Amy said it the best.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arlethia

      This is for Jackdaw: Saying religion flies people into buildings is a very ignorant comment. People who do things like that or any other violent act, saying that they are killing in the name of God or Allah are considered to be extremist (not sure if that's spelled right). If you were to ask people who in these faiths majority of them don't believe in taking lives because people don't approve or want to apart of their religion.
      I believe that God is the God of love, peace and forgiveness and you are given your life by Him but it is your choice on how you decide to live it.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BECKY G

    All you guys are silly & ignorant. First of all, I'm not a gun junkie, but I do believe guns do not kill people. People kill people. You need a person pulling the trigger for that gun to operate. Secondly, I also live in California and if all you Californians are so ignorant and don't care about what goes on in other areas.....boy you all in trouble. You should always be aware as to what is going on in other cities, states, countries and so on. You should always make yourselves aware. Knowledge is power. And its very imature for you to say you don't care about what happens in Atlanta. This sort of thing can happen anywhere. We have this type of thing going on everyday here in California. Yes, California is a nice state to live in....but it also has its problems. And I agree with the others....if you really don't care about news outside of your local area, then you really should not be on this site. This is a very good informational site and you should take advantage of these things and educate yourselves and stop being so imature and childish. If you can't say something nice, then you shouldn't say anything at all. Didn't your mothers teach you manners? Grow up!

    October 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Niambi

    Father in the name of Jesus I uplift the family members and loved ones of the person who was killed today at World Changers Church. Lord I ask that you would comfort them, heal them, give them strength during this time. Wrap them in your loving arms and wipe away every tear. Lord I pray that a hedge of protection be placed around Christians everywhere, around every spiritual leader and every membe...r of the congregation of your churches. I release warring angels to protect us and to fight on behalf of your children. Lord I ask that you would please bring justice and capture this person so that no harm could be done to another human being. I pray that he would be captured immediately. I bind the spirit of fear and intimidation from satan and I cast it into the pitts of hell from whence it came for we shall not live in fear. Lord please touch this situation now and I pray your will be done. In Jesus name i pray. Amen.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idy

      In Jesus Name Amen.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • wemisshiphop

      This was the best post. Instead of stupid gossip, I appreciate this prayer...

      October 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obi Vious

      ShutheTFochUp and pay the property taxes on that garish palace instead of sloughing its infrastructure costs off on individual mostly working WHITE homeowners too smart to be sucked into Dollar's BS.
      TAX CHURCHES NOW

      October 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      Right On!

      October 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obi Vious

      All religions breed violence, ignorance, misogyny, and fraud... and have for 5,000+ years

      October 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • prettypiper

      I can tell that you're a pray warrior, I pray with you. We're living in defining times and no one is immune. If anyone thinks that living in the suburbs is a deterrent , you're mistakenly wrong. There is no such place as safe. The fact that it happen on church grounds is alarming.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Virtuouslady

      In Jesus Name. Amen!!!

      October 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jersey George

      I stand with Thomas Jefferson who said "I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature".

      October 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • HisChild

      In Jesus' name, we touch and agree. Amen.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Matt

    This is a very sad and unfortunate event. I hope the man's family will cope well. I just can't believe all these shootings that have been going on lately are really happening.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      People are being pushed to their limit in every way: Financially to ideologically. People are like water. They can be pushed, but not compressed. Under too much pressure, people will burst in unexpected ways. You will see mroe violence before things get better.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cacalips

    I IS AMERIAN AND I HAS A GUN I GOTS A PROBLEM GONA DO SOPMETHING CUS EDUCMACATION IS HARD AND RELIGON IS SUK SO LETS BUY THINGS AND GUNS YA WEE HAAAAAAAAA

    October 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      I'm an educated gun owner. Where do I belong?

      October 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. I M Drunk

    Finally!!!! The voice of reason on this blog.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dude

    This is what happens when America withdraws its troops prematurely without doing the nation-building required to ensure a stable, prosperous, economically viable place exists when they leave. As a resident of Atlanta, I would feel much safer if an infantryman from Massachussetts, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, or New York stood on every corner to ensure order.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I see what you did there.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      And it is thinking like that which will lead to exactly what you want. Big Brother is watching you.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • prettypiper

      Dude, so why don't you become part of the solution and take your premature arnse and serve this country. I suggest you join now.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      Nation building? Why? Thats not our nation. what we need to tell them is theat when we leave if they give safe harbor to terrorists we will destroy their nation.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Jackdaw

    I wish that when somebody wanted to kill somebody else, they would steel a school bus and run them over. That way people would talk about outlawing school busses.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmyinCambridge

      Well, it's super that you're advocating options for the lunatics. Let's make sure more guns are available and more options for killing are on the table!

      October 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim Parker

    Wow, this story has all the stereotypes: black on black crime, televangelist named "Creflo Dollar" who was once arrested for domestic violence, Atlanta, etc.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevelb1

      Thats Atlanta in a nut shell right there.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      Was that his birth name or just his medicne show name?

      October 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MR.DANVILL,GA.

      YOU AND ANYONE THAT SHARE YOUR THOUGHT'S SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PLAN PARENT HOOD VISIT BRUH BRUH!! DON'T HATE ON THOSE THAT ARE GETTING IT!!! AND YOUR A LOOSER BRUH!!! PEACE UP-A=TOWN DOWN SHAWTY!!!

      October 25, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Amy

    My heart goes out to this family who lost their loved one while serving others. As a church employee myself, I know that your life is not your own when you are in ministry as this victim was. May he receive an eternal reward. I pray they bring the murderer to justice, as well! Oh, and by the way, this CNN article seems much less informative and uncompassionate than the affiliate's article. CNN's article almost makes the church sound like the one at fault rather than a victim!

    October 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obi Vious

      STFU you deluded leech... and pay the property taxes on that garish palace instead of sloughing its infrastructure costs off on individual mostly working WHITE homeowners too smart to be sucked into Dollar's BS.
      TAX CHURCHES NOW
      Less than one percent of church revenue goes to actual non-member non-marketing "charity"

      October 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    From what I'm seeing on the news, the victim was shot at point blank range. That seems personal to me. If the shooter had that much animosity toward the victim, gun or no gun, the violence would have played out. My condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

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

    Praying For The Man Who Did This And The Family Who Lost Their Loved One!

    October 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Raygun

      alot of good praying will do...

      October 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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