- (Photo: WXIA-TV video)
A gunman reportedly killed another male Wednesday morning while inside Creflo Dollar's World Changers Church International in Georgia, and the shooter is still on the loose.
The shooting is said to have occurred during a 10 a.m. Bible study at the College Park Campus in Unincorporated Fulton County. It was not immediately clear how many people were in attendance.
According to WXIA-TV, police revealed that the gunman, said to be a 52-year-old black man wearing a suit and tie, walked into the morning chapel service and shot the victim leading Bible study at point-blank range. The gunman, reportedly a staff member at World Changers Church International, fired the shot while the Bible study leader was leading prayer.
The victim's identity has not been released. Initial reports said that the male victim, 48, had been undergoing CPR treatment and was being transported to a local hospital, but subsequent reports indicate that he has died.
The wanted male suspect fled the scene after the shooting and was still at large. According to MyFoxAtlanta.com, he drove off in a black Subaru.
A church member spoke with WXIA-TV during live coverage of the incident Wednesday. The young woman, when asked what megachurch pastor Dollar has said so far in reaction to the fatal news, said the minister told members that the church "may be under attack just by doing the right thing" and that the situation would "test us."
Fulton County authorities had put several schools in the area on lockdown immediately after the shooting, but at press time the schools have been reopened. The daycare at World Changers International Church was also emptied out after the incident with parents notified to collect their children.
According to the history shared on WCCI's official website, the ministry was established in 1981 and the first service of World Changers Ministries was held in 1986 in a school cafeteria. The nondenominational Christian church is home to about 30,000 members.
No official statement has come from the church as yet in response to the shooting.