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Wedding guests tackle gunman who opened fire during ceremony in New Hampshire church

The Gazette Staff

A gunman is in custody after opening fire during a wedding inside a New Hampshire church Saturday morning.   

Two wedding guests were injured in the shooting at New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham, New Hampshire just after 10am. 

Chief Joseph Roark said in a press conference that officers responded to a call of an active shooter at 10.12am and arrived within three minuted. 

When police arrived to the church the shooter had been ‘detained and subdued’ by the wedding guests and was then taken into custody. 

‘This does not seem to be a random event at this point,’ Chief Roark said.  

At least two people were injured in a shooting at New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham, New Hampshire

At least two people were injured in a shooting at New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham, New Hampshire

At least two people were injured in a shooting at New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham, New Hampshire 

Authorities say a wedding was taking place inside the church when the gunman opened fire shortly after 10am

Authorities say a wedding was taking place inside the church when the gunman opened fire shortly after 10am

Authorities say a wedding was taking place inside the church when the gunman opened fire shortly after 10am 

The New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said it is 'closely monitoring the shooting incident; in New Hampshire

The New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said it is 'closely monitoring the shooting incident; in New Hampshire

The New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said it is ‘closely monitoring the shooting incident; in New Hampshire 

The two injured wedding guest were treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  

No deaths have been reported.  

The suspect is now at the Pelham Police Department. 

The shooting came just hours before a service was to be held for church minister Luis Garcia who was shot in the neck and killed last week

The shooting came just hours before a service was to be held for church minister Luis Garcia who was shot in the neck and killed last week

The shooting came just hours before a service was to be held for church minister Luis Garcia who was shot in the neck and killed last week

‘State officials are on scene assisting local first responders in the response and investigation of a shooting in Pelham, NH,’ Governor John Sununu said on Twitter.   

The shooting came just hours before a service was to be held for a church minister who was shot in the neck and killed last week. 

Ordained minister Luis Garcia was found dead inside his home in Londonderry on October  1. Brandon Castiglione, 24, has been charged with second-degree murder in his death. 

Funeral services for Garcia were to be held at noon today at the church, but after the shooting mourners were turned away by police.   

‘He was a Superman stopped by a bullet. He was a Christian Batman hit by a Joker,’ a family member said of Garcia.  

The New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said it is ‘closely monitoring the shooting incident at the New England Pentecostal church in Pelham, NH.’  

The church website describes itself as ‘committed to touching lives dramatically and bringing aid and deliverance to all people regardless of race, creed or color throughout all generations.

‘Our church welcomes people from all parts of New England and the Northeast area.’ 

Source : Mail Online

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