Shooting at a New Hampshire church leaves at least one injured
Oct 13 2019
As officers arrived at the church, they found that wedding guests had wrestled the shooter to the floor, Roark said during a news conference Saturday afternoon.
Police were alerted to an active-shooter situation shortly after 10 in the morning.
There were no fatalities, the Pelham police said, and the two injured people were taken to nearby hospitals. It said police were not immediately releasing the identities of the suspect and victims.
Lowell General Hospital Has received one patient as a result of the shooting.
The Pelham Police Department said in a statement that the shooting did "not appear to be a random event", but did not elaborate.
Pelham is about 40 miles south of Concord, New Hampshire's capital, on the border with MA.
There were about 40 people at the church for the wedding, he said.
Police were called to the church shortly after 10 a.m.in Pelham, a town of about 13,000 on the border of MA.
The church was preparing Saturday for the noon celebration of life for Luis "Kiko" Alberto Garcia.
However, one fact that seemed to be buried if mentioned at all among the reports was how the shooting took place at a church were predominately Black people worshipped.
The Union Leader in New Hampshire reported on October 2 that a minister at the church had been killed after being shot in the neck. Brandon Castiglione, 24, was arrested and charged with second degree murder in Garcia's death, but waived an arraignment and is now being held without bail according to state prosecutors.
Those planning to attend the Garcia service were shocked by the shooting.
The New Hampshire State Police's major crime unit was on the scene, and the church remained surrounded by emergency personnel on Saturday.