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. Cindy

    Now a days you need to know what these right-wing evangelicals are praying for. They are always trying to take away the rights of somebody else.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. splassher6

    prayer time turn gangsta time...write off inner cities now

    October 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lacey

    Anyone else find it disturbing that the televangelist's last name is Dollar?

    October 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paul

    Is CNN lying? Or the story is false its says the suspect was arrested at the mall then it says the suspect is on the lose

    October 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. paul

    Never mind I see it now he was reported on the lose then arrested later

    October 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. liberty

    Not that it's either here nor there in terms of the sad, awful, deplorable aspect of a human being killing a human being, but Dollar's church isn't a Christian church it's a cult. Dollar does not believe the tennants of historic Christianity. People are confused when they bring the Bible into this situation, because Dollar follows extra-Biblical beliefs.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • For Justice

      When would human kind stop killing each other in the name of a God they would never see and would never know if exists at all? If there was a God, it had to be the same for everyone and would not send new babies to a religion that God did not approve. But babies are born to all religions all the time, so it must be the same God or there is no such thing as God.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hamada Hamada

    Is this the same church when pastor dollar was arrested for child abuse a couple of month ago. Sometimes churches worship the pastor instead of JESUS which gives the devil an opportunity to create havoc in a church. I feel sorrow for the misguided congregation in this mega church whose main loyality should be towards GOD not Man

    October 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. atlsouth56

    This is no surprise because this church has many thugs that attend that church.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • maduro

      So where do you want the thugs to be. No better place than the church. Hopefully they can repent for their sins !

      October 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      This is the way of today's mega churches. They concentrate so much on competiveness from the pulpit that it filters down to the little people. There isn't much difference between organized crime and organized religion today. God can shake things up in mysterious ways. Take note Dollar.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bman

    Damnned lousy preachers. Can't dodge bullets apparently after all.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      yeap he had the choice: faster at dodging or better at preaching.... unfortunately he was bad at both.... and god was on vacation.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jlb77

    dont fall for this. this is all the governments plan, to make guns illegal. They are behind all these shooting going on.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      the government? how about god's plan? government is stronger and better than god? eh?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TLomax

    I pray for Pastor Dollar and his congregation at this time. If we would all take out the time to pray together instead of jumping to conclusions this world would truly be a better place. I dont judge pastors and those who God sent. Who am i to do so.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      You are instructed to use your discerning nature in the Bible. If you don't judge you are not following the Bible.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alisha

    Most of you people are too judgemental and the bible calls you hypocrites. You judge Creflo Dollar, but then you also do wrong because instead of asking God for mercy, you are throwing stones. It's people like you who the devil uses to do these evil acts, because you carry so much evil in your hearts. My prayers are with World Changers International and by the way i believe that he is of God. He doesn't just teach about money, half of the people who say that, don't follow his weekly messages. He talks about most ares of the bible.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Just go ahead and send him a check honey.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kwane

      You are absolutely right Alisha these people want to have a excuse for not believing just to be able to justify their own wrong doings. Pastor Dollar has been preaching about Gods love for us and we must be reminded that the devil is still on his job. This is a tragic case but we must learn to trust God, we are in the last days and worst things will be happening were will you be.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Keith

    Another so called Church that has nothing to do with "God"

    October 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Be Be

    Please stay in prayer for the victim's family and the suspect's family. This a very tragic incident. It's really sad that you cannot be safe in God's house – church!

    October 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      no kidding: what was god doing during this time? Can't he protect his people? even in his own house? what a joke! and you still believe in god?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chutzpah

    This is God's judgement. He must have intended the death.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      of course... if he had survived it would have been god's miracle... when he dies: god wanted it like this (talks a lot about your god's infinite love...). and of course you still believe in god. Actually what you have (and many others like you): you caught a brain virus called a "meme"... you can't think straight and there is nothing anyone can do about it... until YOU decide to ask questions... and start thinking....

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