When two men walked into the Gathering Church on February 28, 2018, the pastor noted they were walking with purpose. One of the men made it to the stage where the pastor stated he let out a blood curdling scream and began ranting about ice cream, pizza and watching a movie.
The man on the stage was taken off the stage by security and the police were called. The pastor said, “In hindsight we know he came here to make a name for himself, but in the moment we didn’t know what to expect.”
Church members expressed concern with the numerous violent incidents that have been happening throughout the United States and expressed relief the incident did not escalate to violence.
Sulphur Police arrested the suspect, 24 year old Dorian Thomas for disorderly conduct by intoxication.
The church as since added extra security, locked the exterior doors, and have been escorting church members to their seats.