A pastor gunned down during a service at his Illinois church this morning "was just a great, humble guy who loved the Lord, his family and his church very much," said a Gainesville pastor who had known him since 2003.
The Rev. Fred Winters of First Baptist Church in Maryville and the Rev. Jon Beck of New Holland Baptist Church, which is off Jesse Jewell Parkway, met at a 2003 leadership conference in Indianapolis.
When the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, sports shooting enthusiast Tyler Cooper bought his first AR-15, a semi-automatic civilian version of the U.S. military's M-4 assault rifle.