- The Washington Times - Monday, June 17, 2013

A 35-year-old man has been arrested for walking into a Catholic Mass and shooting his father-in-law in the head, police in Ogden, Utah, said.

Charles Richard Jennings Jr. was captured Sunday afternoon after fleeing from St. James the Just Catholic Church in a stolen pickup truck, CBS reported.

The victim suffered one gunshot wound to the back of the head and is listed in critical but stable condition. His name wasn’t immediately released, The Associated Press reported.

“We don’t know the motive,” Ogden police Lt. Danielle Croyle told The Salt Lake Tribune. “It is a domestic violence-related incident.”

Parishioner Leon Bedford said the victim was sitting in a back pew with his wife when their daughter and son-in-law walked in holding hands as the congregation recited a prayer.

“Oh, it’s obvious it was well planned out,” Mr. Bedford told Ogden’s Standard-Examiner, “They came into the church hand in hand, and he walked right up to (the victim) and pulled that trigger. We just hope and pray that he makes it.”

Parishioner Rebecca Ory Hernandez told the newspaper that she rushed to the victim’s aid.

“The guy walked up to his father-in-law and shot him point blank in the head,” she told Ogden’s Standard-Examiner. “Then I ran over to the victim and pulled my scarf off and put it around his head.

Mr. Jennings was booked on charges of attempted aggravated criminal homicide and aggravated robbery, the AP reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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