James Minter will appear in court today after opening fire on his girlfriend, their infant son, and their pastor at Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma, Ala., Sunday morning.
Mr. Minter was seated between the woman and their one-month-old child near the front of the sanctuary at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 20, when he suddenly stood and shot them, according to NBC and the Associated Press. Oasis’ pastor, Earl Carswell, was also shot as he attempted to subdue Minter.
Minter’s girlfriend, whose name has not been released, has been discharged from the hospital. Their son is expected to be released Monday evening.
Selma police have told NBC affiliate WSFA that the attack may have been motivated by the couple’s fight over child visitation rights and other relationship problems.
Minter, who fled on foot after members of the congregation wrestled away his gun, was arrested less than a mile away and charged with three counts of attempted murder. If convicted, he may face ten years to life in prison.
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