College Park, GA -Police in Georgia said former church worker Floyd Palmer, 51, entered a chapel at World Changers Church International just before 10 a.m. Wednesday and opened fire, killing church volunteer Greg McDowell, 39 as he led a prayer service.
“He walked in calmly, opened fire, and left as calmly,” Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said.
Palmer was a former facilities maintenance employee at the church who resigned in August for “personal reasons,” Lester said.
He was later arrested at an upscale mall parking lot. Police did not recover a weapon. Investigators were working to determine if Palmer and McDowell knew each other.
“We do not know if the victim was targeted,” Lester said. “We are looking into that as he was the only person that was shot.”
Ken Terry, a pastor at the church, said the church family was saddened by the violence and lending comfort and support to the victim’s family.
“He would be considered a model dad,” Terry told reporters. “To have this happen is just devastating.”