Gunman shoots man during Catholic mass in Utah

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Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 4:33 PM

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Police say a gunman walked into a Catholic church and shot a man in the back of the head during Mass on Sunday in Ogden.

Witnesses say they heard one gunshot during the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. James Catholic Church, and that parishioners immediately hit the floor.

The victim was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. His name wasn't immediately released.

Police say the victim was deliberately targeted by the gunman and it wasn't a random act of violence.

The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Charles Jennings Jr. He was last seen fleeing in a stolen 1996 white GM pickup truck.

While police haven't disclosed the relationship between the two, some parishioners say the victim was the gunman's father-in-law.

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