[size=4]Man shot inside Ogden church during domestic dispute
It had been a routine Sunday morning mass. Rebecca Hernandez, sitting far back in church, heard the door open behind her and wondered who had arrived so late. As the priest prepared to administer communion, the most important part of the service, she stood to pray.
That’s when the gunshot rang out.Hernandez immediately grabbed her young son and put him under the pew as she got to the floor. Someone screamed and another person yelled for everyone to get down. She waited to hear more gunshots. When they didn’t come, she got up to find that a fellow parishioner, who had been sitting a row behind her, apparently had been shot in the head.
Ogden police were trying to determine why the man’s 35-year-old son-in-law, Charles Richard Jennings Jr. of North Ogden, walked into the Catholic church and allegedly shot him.
“How dare he do that in our sweet, peaceful little church,” Hernandez said in a telephone interview Sunday night.
Police said after the shooting, Jennings ran from the church into a nearby neighborhood and stole a truck from a stranger at gunpoint. He was captured several hours later walking along Interstate 84 in Box Elder County after the truck ran out of gas as he apparently attempted to flee to Idaho.
Ogden police Lt. Danielle Croyle said Jennings’ father-in-law and his family were attending Sunday morning services just before noon at St. James the Just Catholic Church, 495 N. Harrison Blvd., when Jennings walked into the church, pulled out a gun and shot the man in the back of the head.
Prayers for the victim’s family and the parishioners.
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