DAYTON CHURCH TRAGEDY: Brother charged with pastor's murder
DAYTON -- Dayton Police say they don't know what the motive was behind the shooting, but family and friends tell us the suspected shooter and pastor's brother felt like he should be getting some money from the church.
It was an emotional scene, moments after police say 68-year-old Daniel Schooler opened fire inside St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church on Nancy Avenue, killing his brother, 70-year-old William Schooler. Schooler was a pastor at the church, which was holding a service at the time of the shooting.
Witnesses describe what happened.
"This man walked in and sat down. We were singing and pastor just got through with the morning prayer and went back in his office and after the offering this man got up and walked in the back in the study where pastor was," said Beulah Booker-Robinson.
Curtis Booker said he wasn't concerned when Daniel Schooler rose and walked to the back of the church.
"As we were singing maybe one verse in I noticed him go back to the pastor's room, and didn't think nothing about it. And then next thing I hear is boom, boom," said Curtis Booker.
Booker-Robinson said she didn't know what was happening until she heard the gunfire.
"I tried to stop pastor's wife from going back there but she pushed me out of the way," Booker-Robinson said.
Dayton Police say this was not a random act of violence, and believe it has something to do with a domestic dispute.
"The public is safe. There is not a person going around just arbitrarily firing and shooting inside of churches," Dayton Police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.
We dug deeper into Daniel Schooler's past.
In 2001, he was convicted of felonious assault with a deadly weapon.
He originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but that plea was later withdrawn.
He was sentenced to five years probation.
In 2002, he was charged with kidnapping and felonious assault with a deadly weapon.
He was convicted of felonious assault and the kidnapping charge was dismissed.
While police aren't talking about a possible motive the pastor's congregation has their suspicions.
"He had threatened the pastor before because he felt like he had some kind of money rights to the church," said Booker-Robinson.
That church is now touched by tragedy, but standing by their faith.
"It doesn't shake my faith. Because I know God is able he will keep strong and if it's his will he will keep us together," said Booker-Robinson.
Right now, the suspect Daniel Schooler is in Montgomery County Jail facing murder charges.
We're told detectives will be meeting with prosecutors tomorrow to file formal charges against him.
LISTEN: 911 call from the scene of the shooting:
DAYTON -- In a statement released Sunday night, the Dayton Police Department says the Rev. William Schooler was shot and killed about 12:20 p.m. Feb. 28, 2016, in a private office at St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church.
Dayton police say William Schooler was fatally shot by the reverend's brother, 68-year-old Daniel Schooler.
Police say the shooting was not a random act and no one else was targeted or injured.
Initial news reports indicated there might have been a second person shot at the church.
Police say Schooler was arrested without further incident at the church.
Formal charges will be discussed Monday with detectives and the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.
DAYTON (WRGT) -- Dayton police say they believe the shooting that killed a pastor inside a church about noon Sunday was a domestic situation involving the pastor's brother.
According to Dayton Police Sgt. Creigee Coleman, officers found the Rev. William Schooler, 70, dead, apparently from multiple gunshot wounds.
"The victim received multiple gunshot wounds from a handgun and he succumbed to his injuries and at this point the suspect is in the hands of the homicide detectives," Sgt. Coleman said.
Beulah Booker-Robinson was in church when the shooting happened.
"This man walked in and sat down. We were singing and pastor just got through with the morning prayer and went back in his office and after the offering this man got up and walked in the back in the study where pastor was and we hear boom booms and the usher on the door said everybody run out," Booker-Robinson said.
Daniel Schooler, William Schooler's brother, has been arrested and is expected to be charged.
Coleman did not suggest a motive for the shooting. The sergeant said officers responding to the scene at 3302 Nancy Avenue on the city's west side did treat the call as an active-shooter scenario. Coleman said they found Daniel Schooler in the church, and he did not resist arrest.
"The officers did exactly what they were trained to do. They knew there was a shooter inside, with no regard to their safety they went in to save the people that were inside. The officers did exactly what they were trained to do in this situation, which possibly and probably saved lives," Coleman said.
Pastor shot, killed during church service; brother arrested
DAYTON (WRGT) - Police say the pastor of St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church was shot and killed Sunday at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church at 3302 Nancy Avenue on the city's west side.
A caller to 911 indicated to police that a man walked into the church, went to a back room of the church and shot the church pastor.
Another person in the church at the time talked to Reporter Elyse Coulter.
"This man walked in and sat down. We were singing and pastor just got through with the morning prayer and went back in his office and after the offering this man got up and walked in the back in the study where pastor was and we hear boom booms and the usher on the door said everybody run out," Beulah Booker-Robinson said.
The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has confirmed the death of the Rev. William Schooler, 70.
The 911 call also indicated a second person was shot.
Multiple witnesses have said the suspect is Schooler's brother and the suspect has been taken into custody. We have not confirmed the identity of the suspect with police and aren't releasing his name.
Breaking: Shooting at St. Peter Church
Dayton-- Police has confirmed that the pastor of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church was shot and killed.Dispatcher received a call at around noon today about shots fired in the church.We have crews on scene and will have the latest as it comes into our newsroom.