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Church Shooting Suspect, Groom Linked by Murder

It goes back to the murder of a minister at the same New Hampshire church
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 13, 2019 4:30 PM CDT
In this photo provided by WMUR-TV, police stand outside the New England Pentecostal Church after reports of a shooting on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Pelham, NH.   (Siobhan Lopez/WMUR-TV via AP)
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(Newser) – The man charged with wounding a clergyman and a bride during a wedding at a New Hampshire church is the stepson of a minister from the same church who was killed earlier this month, a state prosecutor said Sunday, per the AP. Dale Holloway, 37, is the stepson of 60-year-old Luis Garcia who was shot to death Oct. 1 in Londonderry, Senior Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati said in an email Sunday. The groom was the father of the man charged with killing Garcia, Agati said. Services were canceled Sunday at the Pelham church where Holloway is accused of shooting the clergyman and bride during a Saturday wedding. A funeral for Garcia had been scheduled to take place after the wedding.

The presiding bishop of the New England Pentecostal church in Pelham, Stanley Choate, 75, was shot in the chest with a handgun, authorities said. The bride, 60-year-old Claire McMullen, was shot in the arm. Mark Castiglione, the groom, suffered minor injuries Saturday when he was struck in the head by an object. All are recovering from their injuries. Authorities said parishioners tackled the suspected shooter and held him until police arrived. Holloway is facing charges of attempted murder, causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon, second-degree assault, simple assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He's due in court Tuesday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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