Fulton County Police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester speaks to reporters outside the World Changers International church in College Park, Ga., after a fatal shooting inside Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Police say a volunteer leading a prayer service was shot and killed by a former church employee. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A man suspected in Wednesday’s fatal shooting at a Georgia megachurch was once committed to a mental health facility in Maryland after facing various criminal charges including attempted murder, according to court records.
Police in Georgia said Floyd Palmer, 51, walked into a chapel at World Changers Church International just before a 10 a.m. service and opened fire, killing church volunteer Greg McDowell, 39, while he was leading a prayer.
“He walked in calmly, opened fire, and left as calmly,” Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said.
Palmer was a former facilities maintenance employee at the church who resigned in August for “personal reasons,” Lester said. He previously lived in Maryland.
The church’s well-known founder and leader, the Rev. Creflo Dollar, was not there at the time.
Palmer was taken into custody without incident a few hours later at an upscale mall in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, Lester said. Police spotted his car in the parking lot Login to read more