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Archive for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Second victim dies after church shootings

February 28, 2006

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— A second victim died Monday after a man opened fire during a Sunday church service, sending frightened parishioners ducking under the pews for safety. The gunman later killed himself.

Alarie Davis, 54, had been shot in an arm and the chest while defending his wife during a carjacking attempt by the gunman several blocks from the church, police said.

The shooting inside Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church killed a woman and wounded a girl sitting next to her. The violence grew out of a domestic dispute, said police Second Deputy Chief James Tate.

The gunman was identified as 22-year-old Kevin L. Collins, who reportedly went to the church looking for Jamika Williams, 19, who a family member said had refused to marry him.

Collins later died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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