Police: Shooting of Idaho pastor was ‘pre-planned’
The shooting of an Idaho pastor in his church was “a pre-planned attack,” authorities said Monday, but they are still searching for a motive.
Tim Remington was found by police at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Altar Church in Coeur d’Alene with multiple gunshot wounds, said Detective Jared Reneau of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. Church members told CNN affiliate KREM that he is expected to make a full recovery.
Police have named Kyle Andrew Odom, 30, as a suspect in the shooting.
“I will tell you that some details surrounding Mr Odom’s planning are disturbing,” Coeur d’Alene Police Department Chief Lee White said at a news conference Monday according to KREM.
White said authorities have not yet found any connection between the suspect and the church. The incident was caught on security cameras.
Remington delivered the invocation at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday, but police say they have not found any information indicating the shooting was politically motivated.
“We’ve been waiting for somebody who represented God for a long time,” Remington said at the rally. “We are here to pray that God’s will be done.”
The youth pastor at Altar Church told KREM that doctors have said Remington was very lucky to survive the attack.
“We know it’s not luck; it was totally God,” the pastor said. “It’s a miracle.”
Odom is 6 feet tall, weighs about 170 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes. Authorities consider him to be armed and dangerous.