Megachurch fatal shooter sought, ID'd as former church employee Floyd Palmer, say police

Floyd Palmer is being sought by police after a shooting at a Ga. megachurch
CBS Atlanta
Floyd Palmer is being sought by police after a fatal shooting at a Ga. megachurch on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.
CBS Atlanta

(CBS/AP) COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Police say the gunman suspected of opening fire Wednesday morning inside a Georgia megachurch, killing a man, was a former church employee.

Authorities say they are searching for Floyd Palmer, 52, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

About 20 to 25 people were gathered in the chapel of World Changers International when authorities say Palmer walked in and began shooting. No other people were wounded in the shooting and the gunman fled in a black Subaru station wagon with tinted windows.

"He then left as calmly as he came," said Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester.

The man killed was a 39-year-old male church member and volunteer who was leading the prayer service.

Palmer resigned from his maintenance job at the church in August.

The church founded by Rev. Creflo Dollar says it has approximately 30,000 members in College Park, Ga. Dollar is one of the most well-known African-American preachers based near Atlanta, with a ministry of satellite churches across the U.S.

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