Pastor says his mother was killed outside Colorado church by man who crashed into parking lot

| April 23, 2012

AURORA, Colo. — A man crashed his car outside a Colorado church and opened fire on people who had come to his aid, fatally wounding the mother of the church's pastor before an off-duty officer attending service shot him dead.

The pastor of Destiny Center Church, Delono Straham, said the woman killed Sunday was his mother, Josephine Echols, a nurse from Flint, Mich., who most recently had been working with dialysis patients at a local hospital. She had gone outside to see if anyone needed medical attention.

Straham said the car crashed as Sunday's service was winding down at the Destiny Center in Aurora, and a staffer ran out to see if the driver needed help. He said the driver pulled a gun on the worker but it jammed.

Straham said the gunman was able to fix it, moved toward the church and shot his mother near the entrance. She died later at a hospital.

"We're not sure if she diverted his attention and that's why he shot her," Straham said Monday at the church.

Straham said the gunman went to another entrance and started to enter the church. The gunman was shot by his cousin, an off-duty Denver police officer. Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania declined to release the off-duty officer's name.–Colorado-Church-Shooting

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