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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Gunman opens fire in Knoxville UU church; 1 dead.

A man fired multiple shotgun blasts during the worship service at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville this morning, killing one and injuring several others. The attack took place during a children's performance of the play "Annie Jr," although thankfully none of the children was injured.

Greg McKendry, 60, was killed when he confronted the gunman, Jim Adkisson. Other church members tackled the gunman, who is now being held by police. News reports say that six to eight other adults were injured in the attack.

UUA President William Sinkford expressed his shock and sorrow in a statement released late this afternoon.

Continuous updates are being reported by the Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 27 July 2008 at 8:25 PM

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July 27, 2008 11:02 PM | Permalink for this comment

A second victim in the attack, Linda Kraeger, has now died. A member of the Westside UU Church in Farragut, Kraeger was visiting TVUUC to see the children's play.

Here's a Facebook group offering thoughts and prayers in support of the communities affected by the shooting.

Gideon Addington:

July 27, 2008 11:36 PM | Permalink for this comment

That is truly just terrible. Any word yet if this was some sort of hate crime or was it just a random act of violence?

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