Fallon Shooting: Nevada Mormon Church Attacker Kills LDS Congregation Member

One man was killed and another person injured in a shooting at a Mormon church in Fallon, Nevada, on Sunday.

Fallon Police Department Chief Kevin Gehman told The Associated Press that the suspected shooter, identified as 48-year-old John Kelley O'Connor, was in police custody.

Gehman said O'Connor walked into the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints just before 1 p.m., opened fire and then walked home. O'Connor was a member of the congregation and had attended a church service before opening fire, police said in a statement.

KTVN-TV reported that police followed O'Connor to his address, where a hostage negotiator persuaded him to surrender.

Police have identified the victim as Charles E. Miller, 61. Another person was shot in the leg, and is in a non-life-threatening condition. The Nevada Appeal reported that Miller had attended the church.

Gehman said that the shooter appeared to have targeted one person and not the church, where 50 people were gathered at the time of the attack.

He said that no motive was immediately known.

O'Connor was being held at the Churchill County Jail and has yet to be formally charged, police said Sunday.

"Our hearts go out to family members of those who have lost someone and those who were in the church today where the tragedy occurred," Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford said at a news conference Sunday evening, reported KOLO-TV.

Eric Hawkins, director of media relations for the LDS church in Salt Lake City, offered condolences to the victims and their families in a statement, reported KEPR-TV.

"We express our love to those in this congregation and our prayers for the victims and their families. Local leaders are ministering to them at this time," said Hawkins.

Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Dean Heller of Nevada offered condolences to the victims and their families on Twitter.

Cortez Masto, a Democrat, tweeted: "Devastated by the horrific news of the fatal shooting at the LDS church in Fallon. Thank you to the first responders on the scene. My heart goes out to all of those impacted. Places of worship should be a safe haven. The gun violence across this country must end."

In his message, Heller, a Republican, said he was "Deeply saddened by the act of senseless violence in Fallon today at the LDS church. We are in contact with Mayor Tedford and other officials. My family and I are praying for all loved ones, churchgoers, and community members impacted by this tragedy."