Dr. Fred Winters, an Illinois pastor, attempted to use the Bible he was holding as a shield from bullets being shot at him from an unknown gunman who opened fire during this morning's Sunday services.
Despite this, Pastor Winters, of the First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL, was shot several times. He later died of his injuries at nearby Anderson Hospital.
Dr. Fred Winters was Senior Pastor of the church. According to the church's website, he is survived by a wife, Cindy Lee and two children, Alysia Grace and Cassidy Hope.
It is unclear if the gunman was a member of the church. The church currently has 1,200 members. Maryville is about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.
Besides the fatal shooting of Pastor Fred Winters, three others were injured in the shooting, but with knife wounds. After shooting the pastor, the gunman turned a knife on himself, and two parishioners who tackled him were knifed accidentally as well.