Utah man shot during mass at Catholic church

Parishioners at a Catholic church in Utah were sent diving under pews in terror Sunday when Charles Richard Jennings, 35, shot a man in the back of the head as people were lining up for communion, police and witnesses said.

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Charles Richard Jennings is accused of shooting a man who was attending church in Utah on Sunday.


Charles Richard Jennings, 35, felled his father-in-law with a single shot to the back of the head during 11:30 a.m. mass at St. James church in Ogden and then fled in a stolen pickup truck, KSL-TV reported.

Jennings was captured later after a brief but frenzied state-wide manhunt.

His father-in-law, who was not identified, was in critical condition at McKay Dee Hospital, the station said.

Cops said Jennings specifically targeted his victim.

According to witnesses, the shooting occurred as parishioners lined up to receive Communion.

Rev. Erik Richtsteig told KSL, “Nowhere is immune from evil and it’s what people do when they’re confronted with it that really shows their character and I’m really proud of my people here at the church.”

Jennings has a rap sheet that includes busts for burglary, domestic violence, theft and trespassing, among other crimes.