1 man dead after shooting at tight-knit church in Salmon Arm, B.C.

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1 man dead after shooting at tight-knit church in Salmon Arm, B.C.

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One man is dead after a shooting at a small church in Salmon Arm, B.C., on Sunday, and police have a suspect in custody.

Family members have confirmed that the victim is Gordon Parmenter, an elder at the Salmon Arm Church of Christ.

B.C. Emergency Health Services confirmed one person was airlifted to hospital after receiving a call just after 10:30 a.m. about the incident, and a second person was also injured. 

The condition of the second person is unknown. 

According to RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Manseau, Salmon Arm RCMP have a suspect in custody and there is no active or ongoing threat to the public.

‘Praying’

Mark Parmenter, the grandson of Gordon Parmenter, said the family knows the person who allegedly shot the elder Parmenter.

He also told CBC News that his grandparent’s home was burned in a suspicious fire in March. Police have not said if the two incidents are related.

The Parementers have been described by people who know them as a large and religious family. They have a history of taking in people without stable families.

Marie Taylor, 79, a member of the church, released a statement to CBC News regarding the violence.

“Our hearts are broken, we feel so blessed to have the faith that we have,” it said. “It gives us the strength to love and forgive in any situation. We are praying for all the families affected.”

Her daughter who spoke to CBC News said the congregation is made up of 50 members or less and is a nondenominational Christian church.

This story originally appeared on CBC

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