The gunman who opened fire inside a Micronesian church Sunday, killing three people and wounding at least five others, was charged with three counts of first degree murder and four counts of first degree assault, Newton County Prosecutor Scott Watson said Monday.
The alleged shooter, Eiken Elam Saimon, is also a suspect in the reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Newton County on Saturday night, officials confirmed. That investigation is still ongoing and Saimon has not been charged in that case, officials said. Authorities would not say whether the alleged sexual assault was related to the shooting. The girl is a relative of Saimon’s, but not his daughter, authorities said.