A horrible tragedy has taken place after a man shot and killed his wife, stepdaughter, and his stepdaughter's boyfriend. The attack happened on Thanksgiving day and the shooter is now in custody.
Christopher Gattis has been identified as the murderer. He is 58 years old and is being charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
"Police arriving at the family's Chester, Va., home around 11:30 p.m. found the women’s bodies inside and the man’s body in the front yard," officials said.
Gattis was a youth pastor at his local church, Grace Luthern Church in Virgina. He reportedly coordinates the youth ministry program for middle school and high school children. At this time, it has been unclear what motivated the attack.
“Members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life last night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester, and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church,” the church said in a statement.
Please join us in praying for the family during this tragic time. We ask for God to help comfort them as they try healing from this horrible tragedy. In other news breaking news, a Hollywood celebrity has just been arrested on domestic battery charges.