UPDATED 7:54 AM PT — Mon. July 23, 2018
A suspect is in custody after a deadly shooting at a Mormon church in Nevada, which left one person dead and another injured.
The alleged gunman is currently being held at the Churchill County Jail, but has yet to be formally charged.
On Sunday afternoon, 48-year-old John K. O’Connor was arrested after he allegedly opened fire inside the Church of Latter-day Saints in Fallon City about 60-miles east of Reno.
61-year-old Charles Bert Miller was killed in the incident, and another unidentified individual was shot in the leg. The injured victim was treated at a local hospital and released shortly after.
After the shooting, O’Conner reportedly fled the scene. He later surrendered to authorities at his home resident.
“Officers and sheriff’s deputies surrounded the home and a hostage negotiator was called to the scene,” explained Fallon City Police Chief Kevin Gammon. “After placing phone calls to the home he agreed to exit the property and did surrender to officers.”
About 50 people were inside the building when the shooting occurred.
O’Connor is reportedly a member of the church and regularly attended services. Officials believe the shooting was not an attack on the church, but on the specific victims.
“It’s too early to understand the motive, but initially it does not appear that the attack was directed at the church but at an individual attending services,” said Chief Gammon.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.