Church shooting suspect in hospital, say Mobile Police


UPDATE (10:11 a.m. 8/9/21) — Mobile Police say the shooting at Amity Missionary Baptist Church was the result of a woman entering the church after services with a gun.

Mobile Police say the subject, Linda Walker, 58, entered the church armed with a gun after church services. She pointed the gun at the victim and another person. The victim attempted to disarm Walker and she was struck in the right arm. The bullet went through Walker’s arm and then struck the victim’s leg.

Walker remains in the hospital, but upon release will be charged and transported to Metro Jail.

UPDATE (4:10 p.m. 8/8/21) — Mobile police say a man and a woman were injured in a domestic-related shooting at Amity Missionary Baptist Church Sunday afternoon.

Police responded to the church at about 1:47 p.m. in reference to shots fired. Detectives determined a woman shot a man she knew after the church service. Both suffered injuries from the gunfire and were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and will release more details on Monday, Aug. 9.

One of the deacons of the church Thomas Young spoke with WKRG News 5. He says they were all in the back of the church getting ready for their 100th anniversary celebration when they heard the gunshots, but thought it was just maybe someone who had knocked something over. Young saying “We were in the back getting ready to eat and some of the church members came in the back and said that someone needs to call the police.”

Young went on to say the centennial celebration was canceled for the day after the incident. “We were supposed to be having a glorious time today, but you know the devil’s busy. You can’t even go to church and have a good time.”

Original story

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Two people were shot inside Amity Missionary Baptist Church on St. Stephens Road Sunday, Mobile police say.

Church services were not in progress at the time of the shooting, and the injuries to the two were not life-threatening, police tell WKRG News 5. The church was celebrating its 100th anniversary Sunday.

The cause of the shooting is under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back with WKRG News 5 for more updates.

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