Published: Sun, October 13, 2019

Multiple people shot inside New England Church

Multiple people shot inside New England Church

A wedding was taking place at the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, New Hampshire, when a gunman opened fire inside the building Saturday morning, authorities said.

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.

There were no fatalities, the Pelham police said, and the two injured people were taken to nearby hospitals. Guests tackled the suspect and held him until police arrived.

Pelham is a town of about 12,000 people 40 miles north of Boston.

"Preliminary investigation of the matter indicates that this incident does not appear to be a random event", the statement said. According to his obituary, he was a minister at the church.

Pelham police confirmed that the shooter has been apprehended and ambulances, state and local police are now on the scene.


The shooting is being investigated by the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit.

We don't have many details and we won't speculate, but there are many reports of multiple people shot at New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham NH.

A memorial service scheduled for early Saturday afternoon at the church was canceled after the shooting, attendee Geraldo Pagan said.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu said in a post on Twitter that state officials were at the scene and that the state would "provide all necessary resources to support the community and our local partners".

Brandon Castiglione, 24, of Londonderry, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Garcia's death.

New Hampshire Attorney General's office spokeswoman Kate Spiner says the office is aware of the situation and is working in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Attorney.

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