Shooting during wedding at New Hampshire church leaves at least 2 people wounded, police chief says

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PELHAM, N.H. — A wedding was underway at a New Hampshire church when a shooting Saturday morning wounded at least two people, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said.

A suspect has been arrested in the shooting at the New England Pentecostal Church, Roark said. He did not identify the suspect or provide a motive, saying the incident is still under investigation.

Wedding guests reportedly helped subdue the shooter, authorities said, WMUR reports.

Roark confirmed two people with gunshot wounds were taken to hospitals, but their conditions were not immediately known. There were no fatalities, he said.

Local and state authorities, including the New Hampshire State Police and representatives from the state Attorney General’s Office, are on the scene, Roark said.

Lowell General Hospital has received one patient from the incident, hospital spokesperson Angela Strunk tells CNN. There is no word on the extent of the individual’s injuries, Strunk says. The hospital is not expecting any other patients from the incident.

A celebration of life was scheduled for 12 p.m. for pastor Luis Garcia who was killed earlier this month, WCVB reports. A man going to the church for the celebration of life says his aunt called him and said “don’t come to church. The bishop has been shot.”

Garcia, 60, a minister at the New England Pentecostal Ministries for six years, who was shot and killed Oct. 1, according to WMUR. He was shot inside a home in Londonderry and a suspect was arrested.

The celebration of life was canceled after the shooting, attendee Geraldo Pagan said.

“We just came and we found all this police, all this chaos here, and they tell us that the activity will be canceled,” Pagan told news media outside the church.

Pelham is a town of about 12,000 people 40 miles north of Boston. It is located between two larger cities, Nashua to the west and Salem to the east and also borders Massachusetts to the south.

Pelham began primarily as a farming community until World War ll when growth in population and industry took hold.

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