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Police: Man Shoots Father-In-Law In Back Of Head During Mass (page 2)

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File photo of a Catholic church. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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Jennings stole a truck at gunpoint from a nearby house and drove north on the highway trying to elude police. He was caught later on foot after the truck ran out of gas, Croyle said.

Jennings was booked on suspicion of attempted aggravated criminal homicide, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a restricted user. The Weber County District Attorney is expected to file formal charges Tuesday.

Authorities don’t foresee any charges being filed against Evans’ daughter, the wife of the shooter. She was not at Monday’s news conference at the McDay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

James Evans will need reconstructive surgery and rehab to learn to swallow and speak again, Dr. Kerwin said. He was awake, nodding yes and no, writing and using hand signals to communicate, she said. Evans and his wife had just returned from a trip to the Holy Land in Jerusalem with Richtsteig.

“Jim is one of the kindest people I have ever known,” said Richtsteig, who has known the couple for 10 years. “No one deserves this, but I can’t think of a person who would deserve it less this less than Jim.”

Richtseig said the church is offering psychological counseling to people in the church at the time of the shooting.

Sunday evening Mass had to be cancelled to allow police to do crime scene work, he said, but the church was back on schedule Monday morning. Richtseig wants to keep the focus on kindness and bravery exhibited inside the church after the shooting — not the shooter.

“I really didn’t want evil to win, so we had Mass at 8:30,” Richtsteig said.

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