Local pastor shot dead during revival service, suspect arrested

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A local pastor was shot and killed during a revival service Friday night, authorities and witnesses said.

Ronald J. Harris Sr., of the Tabernacle of Praise at 307 Deshotel Lane, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory said the alleged shooter, Woodrow Karey, 2808 Foret St., Iowa,

turned himself in.

Karey, 53, will be charged with second-degree murder, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said.

The shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. and the motive is still under investigation.

Around 50-60 people were in the service and all will be interviewed by detectives, Guillory said.

“We’re in the beginning stages of the investigation,” Guillory said. “We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of people to talk

to. It’s very fortunate no one else was injured with so many people there.”

Parishioners described Karey as a former member.

After the shooting, church members milled around in the parking lot and on Deshotel Lane, all the way to Opelousas Street.

“He was a good man,” one parishioner said of Harris. “He loved everybody and I believe he was going to give a word.”

“When nobody else is at church, he’s here praying,” she said.

The church had brought in speaker from Georgia for the revival, members said.

The church was in the midst of praise and worship, when the shooting took place, witnesses said.

One church member said she at first thought the gunman was part of a skit.

A woman came in screaming followed by a gunman, a witness said.

Karey waved the gun around, pointed it at Harris and said “you,” a church member said.

The church member said Karey then shot Harris, stood over him and shot him again.

Several witnesses said they heard two shots.

Guillory said Karey exited the church and called the Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in. He was apprehended at the corner

of Deshotel Lane and Opelousas Street.

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