Gunman storms Lakeland church, shoots 2 pastors; wife found shot dead at home

| September 18, 2011

LAKELAND —  A gunman stormed into a Lakeland church service Sunday morning, shooting a pastor in the head and associate pastor three times.

Officials said the suspect, Jeremiah Fogel, shot and killed his wife, 56-year-old Theresa Fogel, in their home before bursting into the nearby church, opening fire and seriously wounding the pastors.

According to witnesses, one parishioner grabbed a microphone stand and hit Fogel over the head. More parishioners then tackled Fogel to the ground and held him until deputies arrived.

According to Polk County Sheriff's Office officials, Fogel was taken into custody following the shooting at Greater Faith Christian Church, located at 2035 West Parker Street..

The victims were identified as Pastor William Boss and Assoc. Pastor Carl Stewart. They were transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Authorities received a 911 call regarding a gunman in the church at 9:58 a.m. Sunday. According to witness reports, Fogel, 57, ran through the front door of the church and shot Pastor William Boss in the head and Assoc. Pastor Carl Stewart three times.,-shoots-2-pastors;-wife-found-shot-dead-at-home

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