Police: Parishioners tackle gunman
September 18th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Police: Parishioners tackle gunman

Parishioners at a Lakeland, Florida, church tackled a gunman who allegedly shot the pastor and associate pastor on Sunday, holding the suspect until police arrived, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Jeremiah Fogel, 57, was taken into custody following the incident at the Greater Faith Christian Church, the sheriff's office said in a statement. Fogel is also suspected of shooting another person, who died, at a residence before going to the church, police said.

Pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart were being treated at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

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  1. sum it up

    Flori "duh"

    September 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hippediva

    More loving kindness from the Bible Belt.

    September 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tfbuckfutter

    I live in this city, and that area is one of the roughest parts of town.

    We actually built 6 or 7 Habitat for Humanity houses 5 streets from where that happened.

    Granted they took a nice enough picture of the church, but if you Google Street View (2035 Parker St. West) it, you'll see what the area really looks like.

    September 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( TROLL SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

      more like... habitat for crakheads..

      September 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. yada

    Truly sad. Condolences to family and friends. Hope CNN will update as more info becomes available.

    September 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blargh

    Jeez. In a church, yet...

    September 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      So why didn't their 'god' stop that from happening? On yeah, because there is no such thing as a 'god'.

      September 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blargh

    That's not God's purpose and you know it, yep. Try not to start sh!t, okay? Tard.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      So you're saying it couldn't have stopped the shooting? I thought it could do ANYTHING.

      September 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT ( TROLL SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    HE PROBally felt bad after killing the first person and then when he got to church wanted to confess, but there was a line.. and he couldn't wait to confess, so he shortened the line..

    September 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u

    Don't you just love florida ? One way or another, they're keeping themselves in the headlines.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yada

    Your comment, Yep, is offensive and insensitive to the victim's families. Go spew your hate with your heartless brothers on the Belief Blog.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      What blog is that? Haven't seen it.

      September 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. justathought

    Agin, it may be that on my cell phone I don't get all the details, but I can't really believe that you are saying this RUFFNUT I have had a better oppinon of you than this.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yada

    Keep in mind, justathought, it could be a troll. Ruff is usually more compassionate and kind in his posts.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. justathought

    I agree with yada Yep, if you want to go down that path you are on the wrong site. Your hate would be bad enough on the Belief blog, but here you just make an a $$ of yourself.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. justathought

    Thanks yeda, I had given that a thought, but I'm still not sure of myself of knowing the regulars on this forum well enough. I've only noticed your SN lately.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT ( TROLL SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    Pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart . were the ones shot.. i wonder if there was something more to it..

    September 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @ruffnutt

    maybe Pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart used the shooter for DICK sucking ppurposes?

    September 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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