This Alabama Church Needs Your Prayers

The congregation of Oasis Tabernacle Church could use your prayers after a Sunday morning shooting.

According to Fox News, James Junior Minter, 26, is being held after police say he shot three people in the East Selma, Alabama church. Witnesses report that the man entered the church during the service and sat between his girlfriend and their 1-month-old baby boy in the front row. He then pulled out a gun and shot his girlfriend in the shoulder and jaw and the baby boy in the hand.


Pastor Earl Carswell, 61, grabbed Minter and was shot in the leg. Other members of the congregation were able to get the gun out of Minter's hands before he ran away. All three victims are in stable condition.

Minter, who police say was probably upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend, was later captured.

As for the pastor's and congregation's actions, District Attorney Michael Jackson said, "A whole lot more people could have been shot. They all played a heroic role."

James Perkins, a former mayor of Selma and a minister of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, led a prayer for the victims and said "It's hard to comprehend it, it's hard to understand it but a lot of people are struggling. A lot of people are stressed. We walk by faith, not by sight. We still have to believe that there's goodness in most people."

Jackson is dismayed about the dangers churches can be placed in and said, "We've reached the point where all churches are gonna have to have cameras and check for weapons. That's the way society is going now. It's the world we live in now."

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