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Ohio pastor shot dead during church service, allegedly by brother

By UPI Staff   |   Updated Feb. 29, 2016 at 5:57 AM

DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Dayton, Ohio pastor was shot and killed Sunday, allegedly by his own brother, during services at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church.

Daniel Schooler, 68, allegedly gunned down Pastor William Schooler, 70, inside the office of the church. The pastor was the only target, Dayton Police Homicide Division Supervisor Sgt. Richard Blommel said.

The pastor's brother allegedly was seated during prayers, then followed the pastor's to his office, church member Alberta Blayth told WHIO.

"It wasn't a minute and I heard two shots, and...I just got everybody out of the church," she said. "And we just kept hearing shooting, shooting. Bang, bang, bang," Blayth said.

Witnesses told WHIO the shooting occurred during Sunday services as the choir was singing. While police have not provided an official statement, those same witnesses said law officers took the pastor's brother in to custody.

About 20 people were in the church at the time of the shooting.

The shooting was reported about 12:30 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.

Police have not identified a motive.

William Schooler, was president of the Dayton Baptist Ministers Union and a former teacher, principal and school board member, WHIO said.

"He had deep roots in the community," friend Ronnie Moreland told WHIO. "He was a beloved leader."

Various reports from around Dayton said crime scene tape is up, blocking the public from reaching the church property on Nancy Avenue.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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