Man charged after 2 people shot at wedding in New Hampshire church: officials

PELHAM, N.H. — A man has been charged in a shooting that took place during a wedding ceremony Saturday morning in a small New Hampshire church, leaving two wounded and another injured, the New Hampshire attorney general’s office said.

Dale Holloway, 37, was charged on Saturday with purposely and knowingly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon, according to officials.

A man has been charged after a Saturday shooting at a New Hampshire church left two wounded, officials said. (CNN – @JeanWmur/Twitter)

Authorities said Holloway opened fire, shooting 75-year-old Stanley Choate, the presiding bishop at the wedding, in the chest. A second person, Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm.

A third person, Mark Castiglione, 60, was struck in the head by an object during the incident, officials said.

The bishop is in serious condition at Tufts Medical Center in Boston while McMullen is in good condition at a local hospital. Castiglione was treated at a local hospital and released.

Holloway is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court. It was unclear if he is represented by an attorney.

When officers arrived at New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham around 10 a.m. Saturday, wedding guests had subdued the alleged shooter, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said at a news conference. Holloway was taken into custody but Roark did not provide a motive.

The church was attracting a crowd on Saturday. Besides the 40-some guests at the wedding, there was also an afternoon funeral for the church’s former pastor, who was fatally shot earlier this month in a nearby town.

The suspect’s relationship to the wedding guests is uncertain, Roark said.

Roark said Saturday’s shooting does not appear to be a random event and that the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and the NH State Police Major Crimes Unit are taking over the investigation. A handgun was recovered at the scene, Roark said at the time.

The Pelham Police Department provided active shooter training to members of the church within the past year, Roark said.

Memorial service canceled

The memorial service scheduled for Saturday afternoon was for Luis Garcia, 60, a minister at the church for six years who was shot and killed October 1, according to CNN affiliate WMUR. The affiliate reported he was shot inside a home in Londonderry and that a suspect was arrested.

“We just came and we found all this police, all this chaos here, and they tell us that the activity will be canceled,” memorial service attendee Geraldo Pagan told news media outside the church.

The service was canceled because of the shooting.

Pelham is a town of about 12,000 people 40 miles north of Boston. It is located between two larger cities, Nashua to the west and Salem to the east, and also borders Massachusetts to the south.

Pelham began primarily as a farming community until World War ll, when growth in population and industry took hold.

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