On the morning of Sunday, April 14th, a man open fired in a church in BC. This attack caused one man to be killed on the scene and another to be wounded. Following the early morning incident, a GoFundMe campaign for the Salmon Arm church shooting victim has reached half of its goal in donations.
According to police, a shooting took place in Salmon Arm, British Columbia yesterday morning. The shooting happened at Church of Christ at around 10:30 AM. During the attack, Gordon Parmenter, a 78-year-old male, was killed by a gunshot wound.
According to Salmon Arm RCMP, the man who opened fired in the church was carrying a rifle. CBC has reported that the male suspect came into the church and took aim at two parishioners. One person was shot in the leg and is currently in stable condition at the hospital. The other man, Parmenter, who died on scene. He was an elder of the 50-member church.
At this time, RCMP believe that the shooting was not religiously motivated. However, the suspect was known to at least one of the victims. A firearm was seized on scene and the suspect has since been charged in relation to the attack.
Matrix Savage Gathergood is the 25-year-old suspect that has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence. He is set to appear in court on Tuesday and will be held in police custody until then.
Since the tragic shooting, a GoFundMe fundraising campaign has been created for the victim. Originally started in March, this GoFundMe was made after Gordon and his wife Peggy had a suspicious fire occur in their home. The fire was suspected to be a result of arson.
Now, the fundraiser is being used as a way to help Peggy through this difficult time. According to the GoFundMe page, the money will go to support the now widowed Peggy.
Gordon is being remembered for his courageous and life-impacting acts in the community. He is being remembered as a father, grandfather, friend, mentor, and foster parent to many. “He made a powerful impact on all who knew him and if you knew him you know of his love and his affection fuelled by his faith in Jesus Christ,” writes the GoFundMe.
The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $10,000. As of publishing time, over half of that goal has been met as $5,339 has been raised. Since the Sunday event, many new donations of various amounts have been coming in.
The entirety of the $10,000 will go to support Peggy while she lives in temporary housing due to the March fire. The post claims that funds at this point in time are being used to manage day-to-day costs including clothing and the replacement of necessary items.
“This was a senseless event, though the only thing that makes sense is to honor Gord by loving others just as his Jesus did. We regard his attacker and his family with love, not hostility as Jesus loved those who nailed him to the cross,” writes the fundraising page. “Peggy is heartbroken but strong like a tower.”