Shock, sadness on social media after World Changers Church shooting
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Sunday morning at World Changers Church International, there was hardly a parking space to be found. Fulton County police helped direct drivers to overflow lots, stopping traffic as families crossed the street to church.
The scene was not at all unusual for the 8,500 capacity mega church, but this Sunday - the first since a former church employee allegedly entered a prayer service and fatally shot a prayer leader - the mood was undoubtedly different.
"I've just been praying for the family, and for the members, because I don't know how everyone will take this," said member Corbin Swift.
It's only been four days since Floyd Palmer allegedly walked into the Wednesday morning service and, without explanation or emotion, shot and killed 39-year-old Greg McDowell.
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Police arrested Palmer several hours later at a Starbucks in Lenox Square. Witnesses said the accused killer was calmly drinking a cup of coffee just before officers took him into custody.
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As members walked into the south Atlanta church Sunday morning, many were reluctant to discuss Wednesday's shooting. Pastor Creflo Dollar did not specifically mention the shooting during his morning sermon like he did Wednesday night.
Anthony Seals has been a member of World Changers for 17 years. He told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that he will not stop attending the church.
"Absolutely not," he said. "Our pastor teaches us to overcome adversity, and we just keep with the Word. The Word is going to keep us protected and preserved."