Suspect arrested in World Changers church shooting

| October 24, 2012

Police arrested the suspect Wednesday afternoon in the fatal shooting of a man at World Changers Church International in College Park.

Floyd Palmer, 52, was arrested at Lenox Square in Buckhead just before 4 p.m., according to the U.S. Marshal’s Service. He was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Greg McDowell, 39, Wednesday morning at the megachurch founded by televangelist Creflo Dollar. Dollar was not at the church at the time of the shooting, according to police.

Police identified McDowell, of Union City, as a member and volunteer prayer leader at the church.

Fulton County police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester said Palmer, a former employee who resigned in August, “walked calmly into the church and left just as calmly,” after the shooting. Police said the suspect left the scene in a black Subaru station wagon.

Police said McDowell was shot around 10:30 a.m. and later died. Lester said it was not yet clear whether McDowell was targeted by the shooter or shot randomly. Lester said the victim was leading prayer at the time of the shooting in the chapel, where 20 to 25 people were gathered. Lester said police were in the process of interviewing witnesses and watching the church’s surveillance videos.

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