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1 man dead after shooting at tight-knit church in Salmon Arm, B.C.

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One man is dead after a shooting at a small church in Salmon Arm, B.C., on Sunday, and police have a suspect in custody. Family members have confirmed that the victim is Gordon Parmenter, an elder at the Salmon Arm Church of Christ.

Police are investigating at the Church of Christ in Salmon Arm after one man was killed and another person seriously injured during a shooting on Sunday April, 14, 2019.(Gary Moore)

One man is dead after a shooting at a small church in Salmon Arm, B.C., on Sunday, and police have a suspect in custody.

Family members have confirmed that the victim is Gordon Parmenter, an elder at the Salmon Arm Church of Christ.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said it received a call around 10:30 a.m. PT about two people who had been injured at the church. One of the injured was airlifted to hospital, but their condition is unknown.

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According to RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Manseau, Salmon Arm RCMP have a suspect in custody and there is no active or ongoing threat to the public.

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'Praying'

Mark Parmenter, the grandson of Gordon Parmenter, said the family knows the person who allegedly shot the elder Parmenter.

He also told CBC News that his grandparent's home was burned in a suspicious fire in March. Police have not said if the two incidents are related.

The Parementers have been described by people who know them as a large and religious family. Gordon Parmenter and his wife Peggy were also foster parents.

Marie Taylor, 79, a member of the church, released a statement to CBC News regarding the violence.

"Our hearts are broken, we feel so blessed to have the faith that we have," it said. "It gives us the strength to love and forgive in any situation. We are praying for all the families affected."

Taylor says elders at the church are usually older volunteers who share their time and experience to help other people, both from the church and in the community.

First responders were called to the Salmon Arm Church of Christ on 5th Avenue on Sunday April 14, 2019 around 10:30 a.m. PT.(Leah Shaw/CBC)

Her daughter who spoke to CBC News said the congregation is made up of 50 members or less and is a nondenominational Christian church.

According to documents filed with Revenue Canada, the church has been a registered charitable organization since 1967. As of 2018, it had $187,384 in assets, including land and buildings.

It issued tax receipts for gifts totaling $45,595 in the 2018 tax year.

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