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NEWS RELEASE

Released by: Gordon J. MacDonald, Attorney General

Subject: Arrest Made in the Shooting at the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, New Hampshire

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Contact: Kate Spiner, Director of Communications [email protected] / (603) 573-6103

Benjamin J. Agati, Senior Assistant Attorney General [email protected] / (603) 419-0124 Meghan Hagaman, Assistant Attorney General

Pelham, NH -- Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher Wagner, and Pelham Police Chief Joseph A. Roark announce that Dale Halloway (age 37) has been arrested for First-Degree Assault on Bishop Stanley Choate (age 75) in Pelham, New Hampshire.

Around 10:12am this morning, Saturday, October 12, 2019, Pelham police officers responded to a reported shooting at the New England Pentecostal Church at 955 Bridge Street in Pelham. A 91-1 call was made from the church in which a wedding service was taking place. The caller reported that a man came in and shot at the presiding bishop. Within moments, nearby officers were on scene and immediately entered the church. Upon arrival, officers discovered Bishop Choate suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper chest. Officers also discovered a number of parishioners pinning Dale Halloway down on the ground.

Bishop Choate is currently receiving treatment at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is listed in serious condition.

In addition to Bishop Choate, two other parishioners suffered injuries. Claire McMullen, age 60, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. She is being treated at a local hospital and is in good condition. Mark Castiglione, age 60, was struck in the head with an object. He has been treated at a local hospital and released.

At this time, Mr. Halloway has been arrested on alternative counts of purposely and knowingly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon by shooting Bishop Choate in the chest.

Mr. Halloway is being held awaiting arraignment. His arraignment is anticipated to be scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Hillsborough County Superior Court – Southern District in Nashua.

The New Hampshire State Police and Pelham Police Department are continuing to investigate this crime. Preliminary investigation of the matter indicates that this incident does not appear to

be a random event. Anyone with information is encouraged the Sergeant Kelly Healey at the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit at the following phone number: 603-MCU-TIPS (603-628-8477).

Furthermore, church services scheduled for Sunday October 13, 2019 at the church have been cancelled. Crisis counselors will be available tomorrow for anyone in the Pelham community or the New England Pentecostal Church community at Sherburne Hall community center tomorrow from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anyone who would talk one-on-one with a counselor is encouraged to attend.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
 
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UPDATE: New Hampshire wedding shooting, murder of church pastor may be related
Police identified the suspect as Dale Halloway, 37, who was “gang-tackled” by guests at the wedding after he shot Bishop Stanley Choate, 75, and Clare McMullen, 60. Groom Mark Castiglione was hit in the head by an object during the shooting, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

Castiglione is the father of Brandon Castiglione, 24, who has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Luis Garcia, another pastor at New England Pentecostal Ministries.

Roark said the shooter arrived after the wedding began shortly after 10 a.m. and used a handgun. The church had recently undergone active shooter training, he added.

The Union-Leader reported that church member Janail Archer told the paper that she had spoken with her father, Othniel Archer, a deacon at the church who was there at the time of the shooting. She said her father told her he saw a man in a hoodie enter the church from his vantage point in a balcony used for videotaping. The man walked to the pulpit, Archer told his daughter, and shot Choate and McMullen.
 
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I think New York City has enough of its own problems that they don't have to worry about a little town of 12,000 in New Hampshire. We are a state with constitutional carry and no nanny state gun laws and we have less shootings in a year than New York City has in a day
Plus a lot less black people.
 

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I want to know why the NYPD Counterterrorism Unit thinks they need to monitor this. The BS/propaganda hairs on the back of my neck began to stand up when I read that.
Bloomberg most likely ordered this. So he can use the info for further bans.
 
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The murder on Oct. 2 in Londonderry (see post #10, if you haven't read the entire thread or don't know what I'm talking about) and this crime do seem related, so this makes sense:
In an obituary for Garcia, Dale Holloway was listed as a stepson. But police have not revealed the connection between the two families, or whether the man arrested in Saturday's attack is related to Garcia.
I have not seen that key detail reported anywhere else. As usual, one must go overseas to get the most complete reporting: Bride and bishop are shot by a gunman during ceremony at New Hampshire church | Daily Mail Online
 
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