Wedding Guests Tackle Gunman After Two People Shot At New Hampshire Church
By Bill Galluccio
October 13, 2019
A gunman is in custody after he allegedly shot two people during a wedding ceremony at New Hampshire church. Police say that 37-year-old Dale Halloway stormed into New England Pentecostal Church and started shooting. He managed to hit two people before the guests tackled him to the ground.
"From my understanding, they basically gang-tackled him," said Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark. "There was a struggle ensued. Minor injuries occurred to the other guests who were in the struggle with the shooter.
Bishop Stanley Choate, who was presiding over the wedding, was shot in the chest and rushed to the hospital where he is listed serious condition. Claire McMullen, who was the bride, was shot in the arm and is listed in good condition. Mark Castiglione, who was the groom, was struck in the head by an object and was treated and released from the hospital.
Authorities have not stated a motive for the attack but do not believe it was random.
"This does not seem to be a random event, at least at this point," Roark said.
Halloway was charged with first-degree assault and purposely and knowingly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon.