Suspect charged in Selma church shooting, 3 victims recover

SELMA, Ala. (WIAT) — Three people are being treated in Alabama hospitals Sunday after being shot during a church service in Selma.

SELMA_SHOOTERSelma Police have arrested the shooter. He is 26-year-old James Junior Minter, of Selma. Authorities say his motive for the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Police say Minter walked into the Oasis Tabernacle Church around 11 a.m. Sunday and sat next to his 24-year-old girlfriend on the front pew. He then pulled a gun, according to police, and shot her in the jaw and hand. Her one-month-old child was shot in the hand.

The pastor of the church tried to get the gun from Minter. Police say he was shot in the leg.

The mother and baby were both taken to a hospital in Birmingham for treatment. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said they are in stable condition. There is no word on how the pastor is doing.

“Unfortunately, we have too many people running around with guns that don’t need to be carrying,” District Attorney Jackson said.

“They can’t control their temper and they they go shooting folks that’s closest to them unfortunately,” he continued.

Minter faces three counts of Attempted Murder which carries ten years to life for each charge. Jackson said, in a press release, that Minter could face more charges in this crime.

Minter is being held with no bond at the Dallas County Jail.

The girlfriend is being treated at UAB Hospital, the child at Children’s Hospital.  The conditions of the two have not been released at this time.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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