Gunman opens fire in Tennessee Unita...

Gunman opens fire in Tennessee Unitarian Universalist church, 1 killed

There are 1282 comments on the ap.google.com story from Jul 27, 2008, titled Gunman opens fire in Tennessee Unitarian Universalist church, 1 killed. In it, ap.google.com reports that:

A gunman opened fire at a church youth performance Sunday, injuring eight people and killing a man who witnesses called a hero for shielding others from a shotgun blast.

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Shannon Miller

Shawnee, KS

#22 Jul 27, 2008
This should be a wake up call to everyone, if there was capital punishment for these horrific crimes, these crimes would not happen as often. We can all thank our justice system for that. If people lost an arm for stealing, got gunned down for killing, or knew they were going to get the electric chair, everyone would have the REAL DEAL, JUSTICE!! What's fair, is FAIR!! My heart goes out to these families. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

“Tea parties R 4 little girls.”

Since: May 08

Orlando

#23 Jul 28, 2008
What did this guy have against church goin' folk?

“Eagle eye”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#24 Jul 28, 2008
Hector wrote:
<quoted text>How do you know that jesus didn't send this man over from the correct church to rectify the incorrect church?
what the hell>...?

“Eagle eye”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#25 Jul 28, 2008
Well for me I say, Mr Greg was a hero. Very few church going folks I know would take bullets to protect others. I commend him.

I am reminded of the scripture..."no greater love hath a man than to lay down his life for his friends"

Greg is indeed a hero!
Another John

Jasper, TX

#26 Jul 28, 2008
Your conscience wrote:
Could the gunman be described as a terrorist ?
911 was an inside job.Watch 911 Taboo,September Clues and other great truth videos.
You mean like maybe the preacher hired him? Keep on swinging your bull roarer. You make about as much sense as a kangaroo hopping backwards.
what

Somerset, KY

#27 Jul 28, 2008
Kerdy 1 wrote:
Why are there so many sickos in the world?
Because evil flourishes when good men do nothing. Putting murdering nutjobs in the Reformatory Ramada Inn would certainly qualify as doing nothing since even things like widespread gang activity still operate there and the officials and officers openly know it.
Semper Fi

AOL

#28 Jul 28, 2008
Gunman kills two, injures six in US church shooting: TV

2 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) A man armed with a shotgun opened fire in a church in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday, killing two people and injuring six others, local television reported.

The gunman, later identified as Jim Adkisson, 58, opened fire on parishioners attending a service at a Unitarian Church, Knoxville City Councilman Joe Hultquist told WBIR television.

A group of children were singing when the shooting began, it reported, but none of them were hurt.

WBIR said two members of the congregation tackled the gunman and held him until police arrived.

Adkisson is being held on a charge of first degree murder and a one-million-dollar bond, WATE television reported. Investigators believe he fired three rounds at the church.

The suspect was not believed to be a member of the church and it was not clear what motivated the rampage.

The dead were identified as Greg McKendry, 60, who was killed at the scene, and Linda Kraeger, 61, who died later at the hospital.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g9dpD-6sv...
North Georgian

Cartersville, GA

#29 Jul 28, 2008
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Would he liked it if someone walked into his home and just began shooting his own family members? He is a sorry person, to kill at a church. I mean, we go to church to serve a HIGHER POWER, not to defend ourselves from bullets. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families. MAY THE LORD ALWAYS BE IN YOUR HEARTS, GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Semper Fi

AOL

#30 Jul 28, 2008
Man charged in Tenn. church shooting that killed 2

By DUNCAN MANSFIELD 2 hours ago

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(AP) A man suspected of opening fire on a roomful of people during a church youth performance was in custody Monday after being tackled by witnesses.

But church members are still searching for answers to why they were targeted by someone who was an apparent stranger to the church.

A gunman opened fire at the church Sunday, killing two people, including a man witnesses called a hero for shielding others from the gunfire.

Jim D. Adkisson, 58, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting and was held on $1 million bail, according to city spokesman Randy Kenner, who did not know if Adkisson had an attorney.

Seven adults were also injured but no children were harmed at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Members said they dove under pews or ran from the building when the shooting started.

Congregants tackled the gunman.

The slain man was identified as Greg McKendry, 60, a longtime church member and usher. Church member Barbara Kemper told The Associated Press that McKendry "stood in the front of the gunman and took the blast to protect the rest of us."

Linda Kraeger, 61, died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center a few hours after the shooting, Kenner said.

Five of those injured were in critical or serious condition at a hospital Sunday. Two others were treated and released.

The gunman's motive was not known. But Kemper said the gunman shouted before he opened fire.

"It was hateful words. He was saying hateful things," she said, but refused to elaborate.

The FBI was assisting in case the shooting turned out be a hate crime, Police Chief Sterling Owen said.

The church, like many other Unitarian Universalist churches, promotes progressive social work, such as desegregation and fighting for the rights of women and gays. The Knoxville congregation has provided sanctuary for political refugees, fed the homeless and founded a chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to its Web site.

Police took statements from witnesses and collected video cameras from church members who recorded the performance.

Authorities also searched Adkisson's duplex in the Knoxville suburb of Powell on Sunday night but refused to provide any details about what they found. A bomb squad was called in as a precaution.

"In a situation like this, we're not taking any chances," police Lt. Doug Stiles said.

Neighbors described Adkisson as a friendly man who would often work on his motorcycle outside and go on long rides on the weekends.

Melissa Coker, 44, said Adkisson had lived next door since she moved in four or five years ago. She said he had been a truck driver, but she didn't believe he had steady work in the last six months or so.

"He's just a really, really nice guy," Coker said.

The shooting started as about 200 people watched 25 children perform a show based on the musical "Annie."

Church member Mark Harmon said he was in the first row.

"It had barely begun when there was an incredibly loud bang," he said.

Harmon said he thought the noise was part of the play, then he heard a second loud bang. As he dove for cover, he realized a woman behind him was bleeding. She looked like she was in shock, touching her wound, he said.

"It seems so unreal," Harmon said. "You're sitting in church, you're watching a children's performance of a play and suddenly you hear a bang."

(Full article and 3 photos at Link)

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jOAQKzY-aO...
Leslie

Tulsa, OK

#31 Jul 28, 2008
babs01 wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm a heretic to your faith, and must say that love and morality is not exclusive to any one faith. One need only examine his reasons for doing what he did to see he is a fanatic no different than a foreign terrorist. Killing innocents for his radical beliefs.
So this is how atheists solve their problems.
Prayers are Pointless

Paradise, CA

#32 Jul 28, 2008
Fanaticism. It takes on many faces. Part of me, certainly horrified, yes, but a much larger, and more cynical, part of me cheers when this happens. Any christians (or other terrorism-fostering-faithmonge rs out there) should recognize it when you get a dose of your own medicine.
Nobody knows what his motives were, but what he achieved was a powerful dose of cosmic irony! In your self-righteous faces, denialists.
Oh, and to all the idiots who will 'praying' for others? Try spending that time thinking for yourselves. If you did, events like this, commonplace around the world, could just go away.
Prayers are Pointless

Paradise, CA

#33 Jul 28, 2008
An added detail:

Most of you seem ignorant that he was shooting up a unitarian church. For those of you who aren't aware, unitarianism is the more sane of the garden variety pew religions, merely because they don't profess to know everything about made up millenia-old desert scribblings.

Who would shoot up a unitarian church? Someone who hates humanism, abortion, women's rights, environmental issues and anything that doesn't assume the rapture will whisk our problems away any day now. Namely, a christian.

Atheists and other people who put real thought into their core beliefs (and not with 'faith like a child') recognize fallacies for what they are, and can reason their way out of problems without shooting people. Why would someone shoot up a church? The answer is sitting in the pews and standing at the pulpit.
Andy

Kingsport, TN

#34 Jul 28, 2008
No one would have known you were an uninformed idiot until you posted your drivel and removed all doubt.

Prayers are Pointless wrote:
An added detail:
Most of you seem ignorant that he was shooting up a unitarian church. For those of you who aren't aware, unitarianism is the more sane of the garden variety pew religions, merely because they don't profess to know everything about made up millenia-old desert scribblings.
Who would shoot up a unitarian church? Someone who hates humanism, abortion, women's rights, environmental issues and anything that doesn't assume the rapture will whisk our problems away any day now. Namely, a christian.
Atheists and other people who put real thought into their core beliefs (and not with 'faith like a child') recognize fallacies for what they are, and can reason their way out of problems without shooting people. Why would someone shoot up a church? The answer is sitting in the pews and standing at the pulpit.
Phil Aisheeyoh

Johnson City, TN

#35 Jul 28, 2008
A (no doubt) Primitive Baptist freak kills those with whom he disagrees in Knoxville, TN.?

I am sorry to say these freaks are all over the place here and although most of them don't pick up weapons and kill others,they live their lives by a strange self centered ideology which leaves little or no room for anything different or new.

This place sucked enough already. Thanks to this ass wipe, it now sucks even worse.

Of course thoughts and prayers to all involved.
Prayers are Pointless

Paradise, CA

#36 Jul 28, 2008
Andy wrote:
No one would have known you were an uninformed idiot until you posted your drivel and removed all doubt.
<quoted text>
And your useless blurb is sufficient to nullify the points I made? Spare me.

If you don't have anything constructive to add, kindly be gone. Leave those of us who can put more than one sentence together to hash this out.

“You've Come A Long Way Baby”

Since: Mar 07

Lenoir City, TN

#38 Jul 28, 2008
Hector wrote:
<quoted text>How do you know that jesus didn't send this man over from the correct church to rectify the incorrect church?
Because Jesus wasn't in to killing people for their religious beliefs.

“You've Come A Long Way Baby”

Since: Mar 07

Dillon, SC

#39 Jul 28, 2008
Prayers are Pointless wrote:
An added detail:
Most of you seem ignorant that he was shooting up a unitarian church. For those of you who aren't aware, unitarianism is the more sane of the garden variety pew religions, merely because they don't profess to know everything about made up millenia-old desert scribblings.
Who would shoot up a unitarian church? Someone who hates humanism, abortion, women's rights, environmental issues and anything that doesn't assume the rapture will whisk our problems away any day now. Namely, a christian.
Atheists and other people who put real thought into their core beliefs (and not with 'faith like a child') recognize fallacies for what they are, and can reason their way out of problems without shooting people. Why would someone shoot up a church? The answer is sitting in the pews and standing at the pulpit.
You do realize that a Unitarian Universalist belief is that people should not be judged for their religious beliefs, all should be treated fairly and equally, atheist or otherwise and that is what this did. They welcomed all religions in their doors. They started their own chapter of the ACLU, need more be said?
Andy

Kingsport, TN

#40 Jul 28, 2008
Hash this out? By pointing the finger at Christians? Spare me frat boy. Go back to your intolerance of Christianity and then brag about how enlightened and diverse you and your friends are. And don't worry, I will leave without writing more sentences because self absorbed self righteous atheists have the most closed minds of all.....until they are about to die. Have a nice day.
Carmel Patriot wrote:
It's all futility anyway.
who cares?
Pocketa Pocketa Pocketa Pocketa Pocketa Pocketa
again, who cares??
Proud Member of the ACLU

Natrona Heights, PA

#41 Jul 28, 2008
What if the man was in fact Jesus Christ himself, and he came back and killed the sinners and put them to rest in hell.

“Gun toting liberal”

Since: Nov 07

Wilmington

#42 Jul 28, 2008
Be nice, folks. Unitarians are united by the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. After that, they break into many groups - Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, pagan, humanist, etc., all drawing wisdom from holy writings from all religions.

Sermons often center on biblical subjects, but sometimes do not. It is a good, intellectually satisfying, spiritually fulfilling faith.

For anyone to defend a killer barging in to a service is abhorrent. When Jesus said "Love thy neighbor" he didn't mean to kill them.

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