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Floyd Palmer, Ga. megachurch shooting suspect, taken into custody, police say

Gregory McDowell (left) was killed in a shooting at a Ga. church Wednesday; Floyd Palmer (right) is the suspected shooter CBS Atlanta

Gregory McDowell (left) was killed in a shooting at a Ga. church Wednesday; Floyd Palmer (right) is the suspected shooter
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(CBS/AP) FULTON COUNTY, GA - Authorities say the suspect in a fatal shooting at a Georgia megachurch has been taken into custody, reports CBS Atlanta.

Police located Floyd Palmer, 52, on Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta's Lenox Square Mall.

Palmer allegedly walked into a chapel at World Changers Church International around 10 a.m. Wednesday and shot Gregory McDowell, 39, a volunteer who was leading a prayer group.

After the shooting, police said Palmer calmly walked out of the church, got into a black Subaru with tinted windows, and drove away. Police did not release a motive for the shooting.

McDowell was one of about 20 to 25 people in the chapel. He died after he was taken to a local hospital.

Police said that Palmer was a former maintenance employee at the church who had resigned in August.

Rev. Creflo Dollar, the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International, was not at the church at the time of the shooting.

The College Park megachurch is one of the nation's biggest, with several satellite churches around the country.

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