BY STEPHEN CLARK | SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 2:22:11A man was killed and two other people were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Dayton, Ohio, church early Saturday, police said.
A spokesman for the Dayton Police Department said the gunman opened fired inside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the northwest side, near the intersection of N. Main and N. Lake streets, around 1:30 a.m.
He then walked around the church, striking two men who were inside, said Sgt. Mike McCormack.
The two men died at the scene, McCormack said.
McCormack did not provide further details.
The victims were identified as: A 33-year-old man, identified as Eric W. Hinton, of the 600 block of South Main Street, Dayton; and a 41-year, unidentified man, whose identity was not immediately released.
Hinton, a pastor, was also a member of the church’s youth group, McCormacks said.
He was the son of pastor David Hinton and had been living with his father since January, according to the Dayton Daily Times.
The church’s pastor, Father William J. Jost, said the church is cooperating with the police investigation.
He described Hinton as a dedicated, loving and caring pastor.
The suspect, identified by police as 36-year old David A. Allen, of Dayton, was arrested about 5 p.m., McCormack told reporters.
Police did not immediately release the names of Allen’s victims.
Allen has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, two counts each of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a weapon, according a police statement.
He was being held on $1 million bond, the statement said.
The shooting was the second fatal shooting at a church in the past week.
In April, a man in his 30s opened fire inside Stedman’s Lutheran Church in Lakewood, killing five people and wounding seven others.
Police did not release details about the victims, but said they included several women.
In January, a 20-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department was fatally shot inside the First United Methodist Church in the city’s historic Fifth Ward, where he worked as a sergeant.
Police said the man, Keith Brown, was a member and was shot several times.
He had been on the force for nearly a decade and had worked for the department for three years, police spokeswoman Lisa A. Smith said.