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Louisiana Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. Shot, Killed During Church Service

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A gunman entered a Lake Charles, La., church and shot and killed a pastor while he was preaching during an evening service on Friday.

Officials said that Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. was preaching to a crowd of roughly 65 people when Woodrow Karey Jr. walked into the church and shot him twice, according to WGMB.

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

KPLC reports that Myers said Karey shot Harris with a shotgun twice, once when he walked into the church and a second time when Harris fell to the floor. Myers said Karey walked up to him and shot him at close range.

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The gunman initially fled from the scene, but later surrendered himself to deputies. He allegedly called deputies and told him his location. He also then told deputies where he stashed the guns and officials recovered a .22 pistol and a shotgun from a wooded area close to the intersection where they apprehended Karey.

The 53-year-old Karey, who reportedly has no known criminal history, was booked on a second-degree murder charge and is being held on a $1 million bond.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown.

"At this point, we're just trying to piece together as much information as we can," Calcasieu Parish Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory told KPLC. "And find out what the cause of this was."

Sources: WGMB, KPLC