Lake Charles pastor shot, killed during evening service; gunman held on $1M bond

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 4:38pm

A Lake Charles pastor was shot and killed while he was preaching during an evening service. The gunman surrendered to deputies and he is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident happened at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center at roughly 8:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. Officials say Pastor Ronald J. Harris, Sr. was preaching to a crowd of roughly 65 people when Woodrow Karey, Jr., 53, walked into the church and shot him twice.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

Karey fled the scene, but later surrendered himself to deputies. He allegedly called deputies and told him his location. He then told deputies where he stashed the guns. Deputies recovered a .22 pistol and a shotgun from a wooded area close to the intersection where they apprehended him.

Officials say Karey has no known criminal history and the motive for the shooting is still unknown.

Karey was arrested and charged with Second-Degree Murder. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Prison.

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