When officers arrived at New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham around 10 a.m. Saturday, wedding guests had subdued the male suspect, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said at a news conference.
“From my understanding,” he said, “they basically gang-tackled him.”
The suspect was taken into custody but Roark did not identify him or provide a motive.
The church was attracting a crowd on Saturday. Besides the 40-some guests at the wedding, there was also an afternoon funeral for the church’s former pastor, who was fatally shot earlier this month in a nearby town.
The suspect’s relationship to the wedding guests is uncertain, Roark said.
Two victims with gunshot wounds, one male and one female, were transported to an area hospital by the Pelham Fire Department, Roark said.
Other wedding guests were treated for minor injuries. Nobody was killed, Roark said.
Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts received one patient from the church shooting, who was then transferred to a Boston hospital shortly after noon Saturday, according to Angela Struck, director of public relations for the hospital.
She could not share details on that patient’s condition or nature of the injuries.
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