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2 Shot, Suspect in Custody After Gunman Opens Fire at NH Wedding

What to Know

  • Two people were injured and a suspect in custody after a gunman opened fire at a Pelham, New Hampshire church, Saturday.

  • Police said the male suspect opened fire with a handgun before he was tackled by guests.

  • A man and woman suffered gunshot wounds during the shooting at New England Pentecostal Church on Bridge Street.

A bishop and two other people were injured and a suspect was in custody Saturday after a gunman opened fire during a wedding in Pelham, New Hampshire, authorities said.

One of the victims has been identified as Bishop Stanley Choate, according to Pelham police. He was transported to a Boston hospital, where his condition is serious, authorities said.

The shooting occurred at New England Pentecostal Church on Bridge Street some time after 10:12 a.m., Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said. Guests at the wedding tackled and subdued the male shooter by the time authorities arrived, Roark added. 

Upon arrival, authorities found a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Dale Halloway.

“This does not seem to be a random event,” Roark told reporters.

No deaths have been reported in connection with the shooting. 

One victim in the incident was transported to Lowell General Hospital and then transferred to a Boston hospital, officials at the hospital confirmed. 

Roark said the wedding — attended by some 40 guests — had begun by the time the gunman entered the building and fired a handgun. He added that a funeral was scheduled at the church after the wedding. 

Other guests “basically gang-tackled” the suspect, Roark said, adding at least one person who subdued the suspect sustained minor injuries in the struggle.  

Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement that the state would “provide all necessary resources to support the community and our local partners” to deal with the incident. 

A man named Geraldo Pagan told reporters he came to the church for an event to honor the life of fatal shooting victim Luis Garcia, a beloved priest whose body was found at his Londonderry home earlier this month.

In a tweet, Sen. Maggie Hassan said she was “deeply disturbed” by the incident. 

“Today was supposed to serve as a celebration of the life of Minister Luis Garcia. This senseless violence can’t continue — my prayers are with the victims of this terrible attack,” she said. 

The Boston office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the Manchester, New Hampshire field office responded to the scene.

The shooting remained under investigation by the attorney general’s office and state police. 

Route 38 near St. Margaret’s Drive Roadway was closed due to police activity. Bridge St was closed between Wellesley Drive and Old Gage Hill Road.

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