Armed Woman Threatens San Diego Church During Service

Before going to a San Diego church armed with a gun, suspect posted a video to YouTube sharing her delusional thoughts.

According to CNN, A “delusional” woman attacked a San Diego church on Easter Sunday, when she entered the auditorium armed with a firearm while holding a baby.  She threatened to blow up the church.  Members were able to pry the baby from her arms and strip the gun out of her hand.  She was taken to the ground and held for police.

“She was saying stuff that was kind of delusional. I was more worried about getting my family out of there,” churchgoer Ronald Farmer said.

The woman, identified by police as 31-year-old Anna Conkey, walked into the auditorium of Mt. Everest Academy around noon, San Diego Police Officer Dino Delimitros said.

Church leader Ben Wisan told CNN affiliate KSWB that Conkey was familiar to the congregation.  “We know who she was,” he said. “She had been coming on and off for a little bit of time.”

A bomb-sniffing dog found nothing in a sweep of the building and the suspect’s car, police said. Police said her gun was real, but it was not loaded.

Authorities later found the woman’s 5-year-old daughter “healthy and unhurt,” police said. The two children are in protective custody.

Earlier Sunday, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit announced that the department was stepping up patrols while it monitored the situation in Sri Lanka.

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Police Allege Arson Attempt At St. Patrick’s Cathedral In NYC

Mark Lamparello, a former Boston College student, and professor of philosophy at was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and part-time professor at Lehman College. He is no longer with Seton Hall.

A Seton Hall spokeswoman said he started in spring 2018 but is no longer part of the faculty. Lamparello is studying in New York. He was found inside a New Jersey church on the day of the Notre Dame fire. When he was observed, he refused to leave, so the police were called to remove him. He was arrested out of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, in Newark. According to reports, he refused to leave by throwing himself on the floor and refusing to get up. He advised the police the only way he was leaving was in handcuffs. They obliged him.

Just two days later, Lamparello was observed walking into St. Patrick’s cathedral at about 8:00 PM. He was carrying two gas cans (4 gallons), two bottles of lighter fluid and two lighters. When he was stopped by an usher and told he could not bring those items into the church, he said he was cutting through the church to get to his van which was out of gas.

As he turned, gasoline spilled out of a can and the usher immediately called the police.The police located him and confirmed his van had plenty of gasoline. He is currently under psychiatric examination.

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Suspicious Device Found Outside Rochester Minnesota Church

On April 17, 2019 a suspicious device found near Calvary Episcopal Church has been removed from downtown Rochester.

Described as something with batteries that looked handmade, it was reported to police early Wednesday evening and led to 2nd Street SW from 4th to 3rd Avenue being closed by Rochester police while they waited for the St. Paul Bomb Squad to arrive. The bomb squad arrived around 8:30 and used a robot to remove the package.

The squad used a robot to secure the device and it was taken from the area for testing a little after 9 pm. Law enforcement officials say they hope to have some answers about the device by Thursday morning.

Police say it was not equipped to explode but appears to have been placed under a bench near the Calvary Episcopal Church to deliberately cause alarm in others. Police say they are going to check nearby security cameras to see if they can find out who put the device there.

There are no suspects at this time.

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Injured Victim Shot In Salmon, Canada Was Trying To Save His Friend

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13

We are thankful he survived this traumatic event. Prayers for Paul.

Last week, we reported a church shooting in Canada where an armed, deranged man entered the church and shot a beloved elder killing him instantly in front of his family and friends.  Another man, identified this week as Paul Derkach, attempted to save his friend Gordon, and was shot when the suspect re-entered the church a second time.

The suspect was taken down by men in the congregation and turned over to the police.

This church didn’t have a security ministry in place, but as often happens people rise to the occasion and try to find a way to help.  In my Church Security Basics Seminar, I debrief the Antioch, TN incident.  It was Minerva Rosa, who shook off the fear and responded to her training. She is a trained nurse, and it speaks to how repetition takes over when your heartbeat is pounding in your throat.  She quickly assessed everyone’s injury and intervened saving lives. (see video below to hear what she did.  She is awesome.

I have developed a course called ABC Lockdown.  I teach it to churches, preschools, businesses, non-profits and corporations.  It is very simple to teach, and if the topic weren’t so sobering, it might be fun.  There is an urgency from people at the start of the class, and those I teach seem really relieved they know what to do.  Most folks are really ready to know what to do.  Most places simply say, Hide, Run Fight™ or do A.L.I.C.E™ and never take people through the steps of what to do, where they actually get to practice under a little stress.

It’s what I call “A lick and a promise training.”  They say, “It probably won’t happen here, so here’s a cute little program you need to try if it does. Everybody back to work!”  This is true of most people, and herein lies the problem:  It can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone.  Believing this, agreeing it can happen, is the first step in making sure you will be quick to respond if you’ve hardwired your brain for action.

There should be a two pronged approach to your violent attacker church security training, and each element should be instantaneous and coordinated.  As a whole, the local church should train leadership (pastors, staff, SS teachers, greeters, ushers) to be Aware & Autonomous, to Barricade at the first hint of trouble, and to Counter violently with hands, feet, head, and improvised weapons (ABC Lockdown) while the security or safety team (or anyone with capabilities in close proximity) attacks the violent person.

In the Canada incident, the people were traumatized.  They were stuck in the Denial Phase in the midst of the attack, and probably terrified they would be shot if they moved.  Nobody locked the suspect out and he returned, and Paul was shot in the leg while he helped his friend.

His family has set up a GoFundMe to help him in his recovery. Here is the story from their vantage point:

“Paul Derkach was shot in the leg and seriously wounded at the Salmon Arm Church of Christ shooting on Sunday, April 14, 2019. A gunman entered the building, shot and killed one man, and fled. Paul was attending to this man, Gordon, who was like a father to him, when the gunman returned, and Paul was shot in his lower right leg before the shooter was taken down. Air ambulance flew him to the Kamloops hospital where they did surgery immediately. A miracle that he did not lose his lower right leg and foot, the bone was completely shattered and gone and a rod was put in his leg from knee to ankle. He has a long road of recovery ahead that may include more surgeries and medical procedures and in the near and distant future.

Paul is devoted to his family and his church family, and is an amazing, loving dad and grandpa to his daughters and many grandkids. He is actively involved in his community and is well known as a kind friend and light to so many people. We are so thankful he is still here with us.

Our immediate goal is to raise enough money to get him through 5 months of living expenses. Together let’s show Paul love, the way he continues to love and support so many others around him.

Thank you so much for helping to ease the burden for Paul so he can focus on healing from the emotional and physical trauma of this horrific event.”

The family is trying to raise $10,000 to help Paul as he recovers from his injuries. Please consider helping him at his GoFundMe page. Please help them if you can.

Keep your head on a swivel, and train your hands for battle.

 

Church Elder Shot By Mentally Disturbed Man During Service

We are sad to report another church member has been shot and killed in Canada yesterday.

According to CBN:

“A church elder was shot and killed at the Salmon Arm Church of Christ located in Salmon Arm, British Columbia Sunday morning by a man he knew, one who has mental health problems.

Media outlets also report a second person was also injured in the shooting and remains in a local hospital. His condition is unknown.

The Global News reports Gordon Parmenter, 78, was shot and killed by a suspect armed with an assault-style rifle.

Parmenter’s son Dave described what happened during the church’s Sunday morning service.

“A young man just came in in the middle of the service with an assault-style rifle and targeted one man in the church, and it was my father and shot him,” Dave Parmenter said.

The shooter then left but returned to the church building. Church members tackled the man and held him until authorities arrived.

“He came back a second time and was very focused on him again and shot him another couple of times and in that exchange, he shot another man in the leg who happened to be in the way,” Dave Parmenter said.

“Myself and a few others wrestled the man to the ground and took the weapon away from him.”

Dave Parmenter said the suspect and his father knew each other.

He said the suspect is “very well-known to our family and was struggling with mental health issues.”

Parmenter told Global News his father was a man of faith, a cabinet-maker by trade, and fostered youth.

“Many years of fostering, many years of service in his church, many years of pouring his heart out to others,” he said.

“I just know that everybody is sad. It’s such a sad thing to happen. There’s lots of victims now and the young man is also a victim.””