Pastor's Mother Shot, Killed Outside Colorado Church

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Monday, April 23, 2012

Aurora police are trying to determine a motive after a pastor's mother and a suspect were shot and killed outside a suburban Denver church.

Authorities say the pastor's mother was shot when she went outside the New Destiny Christian Center in Aurora just as services were ending Sunday. Police say an off-duty officer was in the congregation and shot a suspect.

Police say they believe a lone gunman was involved in the shooting. The victims were not identified.

Police say the shooting happened after there was an argument between people in two vehicles in the parking lot outside the church.

UPDATE: Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Colorado pastor's mother and a suspect are dead after both were shot outside a suburban Denver church.

Authorities say the pastor's mother was shot when she went outside the New Destiny Christian Center in Aurora just as services were ending Sunday. They say an off-duty officer was in the congregation and shot a suspect.

Police say the shooting happened after there was an argument between people in two vehicles in the parking lot outside the church.

Pastor De Lono Straham said that his mother passed away after the shooting Sunday evening. Police say the suspect who was shot also died.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Police say two people were shot outside a Colorado church while a service was ending inside.

Authorities say an off-duty officer was in the congregation Sunday afternoon when the shooting happened in a parking lot on East Bethany Drive in Aurora.

Police say the shooting happened after there was an argument between people in two vehicles in the parking lot outside the church. They say a woman who came out of the church to see what was happening was shot, and the off-duty officer shot one of the people involved in the incident.

Details were not immediately available on the victims' identities or conditions.


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