Pastor shot killed : Gunned Down During Service; One Man In Custody. A pastor was shot and killed during a church service on Friday night in Calcasieu.
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers, it happened around 8:20 p.m. at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center at 307 Deshotel Lane in Lake Charles.
Myers said Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. was shot “as he was preaching.”
Woodrow Karey, 53, of Lake Charles, is accused of walking into the church and shooting Harris.
Myers said Harris, of Lake Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies have no information on a motive or on whether the two men knew each other, Myers said.
A gunman walked into the church and shot Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. “as he was preaching,” Myers said. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.
Woodrow Karey, 53, of Lake Charles is charged with second-degree murder and was held in the parish jail Saturday, Myers said. Meyers said Karey’s bond has been set at $1 million.
The gunman fled the church, but Myers said Karey called the Sheriff’s Office and surrendered without incident.
Myers added Saturday that deputies were busy “interviewing everybody who was there at the church.”
Family members who answered the telephone Saturday at the Harris home in Lake Charles said there would be no comment. There was no answer at a telephone listing for Karey or at Tabernacle of Praise.