Police respond to reports of shooting at New Hampshire church, gunman in custody


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Police responded to reports of a shooting Saturday morning outside a church in Pelham, New Hampshire.

Several local media reports indicate there were no fatalities and that the gunman is in custody.

A large police presence, including fire trucks, ambulances, and state and local police, gathered outside New England Pentecostal Ministries, according to local journalists.

Authorities responded to the church around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Lowell General Hospital in Pelham confirmed that one patient had been admitted shortly after an incident Saturday morning. The hospital could not provide information on the patient’s condition.

“State officials are on scene assisting local first responders in the response and investigation of a shooting in Pelham, NH,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in a tweet. “While this remains a very active scene, the State of New Hampshire will provide all necessary resources to support the community and our local partners.”

Pelham police would not immediately confirm a shooting but said more information would be available soon.

According to the church’s website, a “men and women meeting” tied to Domestic Abuse Month was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

One man told WBZ-TV that he was at the church Saturday morning to attend a celebration of life service for a late minister scheduled for noon.

Earlier this month, Luis Garcia, an ordained minister at New England Pentecostal Ministries, died after being shot in the neck, according to WBUR-TV. A 24-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death.

“I’m deeply disturbed to hear about the shooting in Pelham this morning. Today was supposed to serve as a celebration of the life of Minister Luis Garcia. This senseless violence can’t continue — my prayers are with the victims of this terrible attack,” New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan said in a tweet.

New England Pentecostal Ministries could not be reached for comment.

New York Police Department Counterterrorism said it was closely monitoring the situation in a tweet Saturday.

Pelham, which borders Massachusetts, is located just north of Lowell and is about 40 miles south of Concord, New Hampshire. According to 2010 census data, Pelham had a population of nearly 13,000. 

This story will be updated. 

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