Sources: Police almost let church shooter go

| October 24, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. —  Deputies booked Floyd Palmer, 52, into the Fulton County Jail on Wednesday night, arrested and charged with fatally shooting a man during a prayer service Wednesday morning at World Changers Church International in College Park.

Channel 2 Action News was there as investigators took Palmer into custody at Lenox Square Wednesday afternoon.

Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri learned through her sources that Palmer was at the mall trying to turn himself in to police and investigators almost let him get away.

At Fulton County Police Headquarters, Viteri questioned Palmer about the shooting.

"What do you have to say about the charges you're facing?" she asked him, but received no answer.

Palmer walked with his head down. He said nothing as officers took him to a waiting patrol car.

Palmer is accused of killing Greg McDowell, 39, after firing several shots inside the chapel at World Changers Church.

"Do you have anything to say to the victim's family?" Viteri asked Palmer as investigators put him into the back of a patrol cruiser.

Police said they don't know why Palmer shot McDowell, a church member and volunteer who was leading prayer service when he was shot.

After the shooting, Palmer drove off, sparking a manhunt that lasted hours.

Channel 2 Action News had several crews at the scene when it ended Wednesday afternoon after investigators found Palmer at the Macy's in Lenox Square.

The view from News Chopper 2 showed Marshals and police lined up outside the store.

According to sources, Palmer went to the mall to turn himself in. One source said officers didn't initially know who he was but rushed to take him into custody once they realized.

"When he went into the SUV, he didn't really say anything. He was really calm just like I guess he was this morning," one mall witness said.

Channel 2's cameras caught a truck taking Palmer's Black Subaru from the mall to police headquarters.

The murder has stunned the congregation of World Changers. One man inside the chapel during the shooting said it came out of nowhere when he described it on a local radio show.

"Before you know it shots rang out and we looked up and the brother who was up there, who was going to be the preacher, he was actually walking across pulpit praying. And then all of a sudden this guy just came out of nowhere," the man said on WAOK-AM radio Wednesday afternoon.

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