A preacher survived a shooting during a church service in Brazil after leaping behind an alter that had “Jesus” written on it.
The suspect, thirty-year-old Weslei Souza, opened fire during the service inside the Temple of Angels church in Mogi das Cruzes, in the state of Sao Paulo Sunday evening, law enforcement officials said.
The shooting allegedly took place while the church service was being broadcast live on social media, the Daily Mail reports.
Video of the incident shows Souza calmly walking to the front to the church service while aiming his handgun towards the pastor, Adilio Carloto da Silva, who was seated behind the altar.
Da Silva miraculously survived the shooting despite being struck twice by the gunman’s bullets. He is reported to be in serious condition after undergoing emergency surgery.
The suspect was overpowered by members of the church congregation. One of the worshipper’s tackled Souza to the floor while others pinned hin to the ground.
According to local reports, Souza had to be rescued by local law enforcement officers “before he was lynched.”
The suspect was taken to Luzia de Pinho Melo Hospital for treatment for head injuries before he was arrested.
“The situation doesn’t look like a robbery and we are not convinced by what he claims it to be,” said Military police captain Alex Amaral. “From the images, it appears that the assailant is shooting at a target and pursuing him on purpose. This does not have the characteristics of a robbery.”
Souza has been charged with attempted murder.
(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)