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. iie

    No one is taking away guns. Get over it people. they can have my guns when they take away freedom of speech and the bill of rights. NOT-GONNA-HAPPEN

    October 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    That is what is likely to happen at some point to members of ultra violent organizations such as organized religion. Especially Christianity in its many forms has a long history of brutalizing people of other religions (or none at all) into its folds – it can come as no surprise that members of violent organizations meet violent ends.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob-Texas

    Why is it now common place to spew hate when someone has died. Have we no dignity left. Do you have to use this as an oportinity to shout out what you believe. As if this has some personal effect on you! A man has been shot and killed. I hope the church will ralley arond his family to confort them in their time of need.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. old golfer

    Moral learned, it's very dangerous to pray.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shawn

    It was God's will.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paramad

    I got the impression from the bible that god sent his only begotten son to die for our sins satan had nothing to do with it.
    So if god wanted this guy in heaven then god must have let it happen so the faithful should be joyous that he is at peace.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ceri

      You don't get this whole freewill concept, do you.

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

      You need to read more than just one verse to understand the Bible. Satan is on the earth and influences the actions of people. People have free will. God doesn't control our actions. He gives us guidelines to live by. He doesn't promise peace and happiness on earth. He promises peace and happiness after death to those who accepted his son as their Lord and Savior.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dbjm

    U americans r truly sick with your total denial that u dont need gun laws.Up here in canada,and other western countries,this stuff is rare at best,but u guys r killing eachother on a daily basis,which makes me wonder,WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH U GUYS?

    October 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Rapper Dee

      I will pray for you my son. May you see the wrongness of your beliefs and come to embrace all things American.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamal

      May you learn to reject all things that are Canadian and that which is espoused by the liberal. Woe into thee that forsaketh money or security in pursuit of false liberal notions.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roflz

      Gun laws will just prohibit people from protecting themselves against criminals who obtain their weapons illegally. Learn how to spell and get educated.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      We are too busy learning grammar.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      i agree, we're out of control with the nuts using guns, i'm sick of hearing these stories over and over again, something needs to change

      October 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • puzzled

      .in reply to rolf and troy..Incarceration rates are the highest,gun related deaths are the highest,maths and sciences are among the lowest,(all per capita)so you have no point.But then again,how could you possibly know any of this?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. montyross

    true Jesus said the "children of this world are wiser than the children of light" you just confirmed some truth you should be proud of youreself

    October 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Theman

    Its amazing how stupid most of these bloggers are.....ur comments really reflects your narrow-minds..u are able to express your true nature here. I hope and prayer is that none of you are not parents...A man is dead at the hands of another and your comments are supposed to be funny?

    October 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • pws1121

      Thats because a lot of us dont really care and don't sweat the little things.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Blessings from Alabama

    For anyone to say that this is a black on black crime is absolutely stupid!!! What if ti was a white church? I wonder how many people would say it was a white on while crime. There is enough racism to go around, get a life!!! How many of you have actually listened to Pastor Dollar? Most of you that commented may have never heard his messages before; so, how can you say that he is all about money. Pastor Dollar preaches prosperity, that doesn't only pertain to money but also your health. It is not his fault that things transpired they way they did.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny L

      Well said.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      He's selling G-d like a commodity. All the "dollars" go to him and im sure he lives in a mansion with lots of cars and vacation homes. He dosent have to answer to me, but he will surely answer at some time. Its the brain deads sending him money that i worry about

      October 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Just ask the "Prince of G-d", a few CNN threads over. He murdered 8 people in Floriduh.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Glen Constantine

    I tried to count how many people commenting actually knew what they are talking about, its amazing the spin that these articles cause. Creflo Dollar is a man to be listened to, He has much to say, you can put him down and walk away, but
    I can say He has taught me much, based on biblical principal, and IT WORKS!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      And you pay him how much for this wealth of knowledge? Was it up front for his cds and dvds or you give him money every sunday? im sure he didnt enlighten you out of the goodness of his heart

      October 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tonya

    You people on here that have been talking about this is black on black crime are idiots!!!! What if it was a white church, would it have mattered?? People please get over yourselves and realize that this is not an issue!!! Someone actually lost their life, and that is the major issue here!!! Keep up the good work Pastor Dollar!!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I think I'll stay with Stayflo, you know, a little less speculative.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Glen Constantine

    I would much rather live my life believing in God, and find out He does'nt exist than to not believe and find out that He does!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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