According to Fox News on Sunday, a pastor was shot during a Sunday service at an Ohio church around 12:30 p.m. His brother is the alleged gunman. Pastor William Schooler was shot and killed at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. Daniel Gregory Schooler was arrested in connection with his brother’s death. The 68-year-old is being held at the Montgomery County Jail.
WDTN reported that the choir was singing and the 70-year-old pastor had just walked toward the pulpit when his brother, who was seated in a pew, stood up and followed him with a gun. The congregation of about 20 people heard shots, and everyone went running. The pastor died at the scene, and the gunman was arrested. Sgt. Richard Blommel, head of the Dayton police homicide squad, said the incident was likely a “domestic incident,” and no one else was injured.
According to CBS, the pastor was a beloved community leader. He was a former member of the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education and president of the Dayton Baptist Pastors and Ministers Union of Greater Dayton, Inc.
At one time it was unheard of for a shooting to take place in a place of worship. Today, it is not unusual to hear that people are killed in the church. This Ohio church shooting follows several previous attacks on clergy members in churches. Last September, a man shot the pastor, his infant, and the infant’s mother. Fortunately, none of the three suffered life-threatening injuries.
Last October, a man with a brick went after the pastor of the City of God storefront church in Detroit, but the pastor pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot the man dead. Last June, nine people were killed in a Charleston, South Carolina church shootings. Killed in that shooting were the senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, 41, and three other ministers: the Revs. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Daniel L. Simmons Sr., 74; and Sharonda Singleton, 45.