A pastor who led a prayer at a Ted Cruz rally on Saturday was shot in his Idaho church’s parking lot on Sunday afternoon.
Coeur d’Alene police are searching for a suspect who shot Pastor Tim Remington just before 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the Alter Church on the corner of 9th and Best, according to KREM-TV. Remington, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was transported directly to the Kootenai Medical Center, where his present exact medical condition remains unknown.
One of Remington’s family members told police that Remington, who has been the head pastor at the Alter Church for more than a decade, had just prayed at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential rally the day before at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, KREM reported, adding that Remington was shot four times in the back while walking to his car that afternoon. The family member said that Remington was alive and talking to EMS workers while being transported to the hospital.
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Church members gathered nearby to pray for Remington directly after the shooting.
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“We just want to be here for everyone in our congregation. Be here for our pastor. We are going to go to the hospital and wait for the word to make sure he is okay,” one church member said, KREM reported. “He opens his home to people. He takes them in and lets them live in his home. All the people society has turned their backs on, he reaches out to them.”
The Coeur d’Alene police reported that the suspect had fled the scene before their arrival, and the suspect’s whereabouts are not yet known, although the Chief of Police told KHQ-TV that the suspect was seen driving a silver sedan at the time of the shooting. Witnesses also stated that the alleged shooter had attended the Alter Church’s services before waiting in his car for Remington to exit the church. An investigation is still ongoing.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Coeur d’Alene Police continue to search Monday for Kyle Andrew Odom, who is accused of shooting a pastor in the parking lot of a North Idaho church on Sunday afternoon.
Police said Odom, 30, of Coeur d’Alene, fled the scene before they got there and has not been located. Odom is believed to be armed and dangerous. He was last seen leaving the parking lot in a 2004 silver Honda Accord with Idaho plates K578519. Odom is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes, about six feet tall and approximately 170 pounds.
Police were called to the Altar Church just before 2:00 p.m. Sunday on the corner of 9th and Best. Police said they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, later identified as Tim Remington, a local pastor, was transported to Kootenai Medical Center and his condition is listed as stable as of Monday morning, officials said.
Church members tell KREM 2 News that Pastor Remington is expected to make a full recovery. He could be released from the hospital within the next two days, they said.
A vigil for Pastor Remington is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday at the Candlelight Christian Fellowship. The address is 5725 North Pioneer Drive in Coeur d’Alene.
On Monday, the youth pastor at Altar Church spoke with KREM 2 News’ Molly Trotter about the condition of Remington.
Later Monday afternoon, the family of Kyle A. Odom released a statement via text message about Sunday’s shooting.
“Our family is devastated by Sunday’s events,” the text continues, “We are praying for Pastor Tim, his family and his continued recovery. We are also praying for Kyles [sic] safe return and to get the help he needs. We love you Kyle! Please respect our family’s privacy during this trying time.”
Remington also prayed at the Ted Cruz rally on Saturday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.
KREM 2 News spoke to Remington’s niece who has spent time at the hospital with Remington’s family. She said the family believes the shooting is not politically motivated by Remington’s prayer at the Ted Cruz rally the day before in Coeur d’Alene, but rather the act of a mentally troubled person.
His nephew Matthew and fellow church members said he was shot at least four times in the back while walking to his car. Remington was able to speak with EMS officials while being transported, according to witnesses.
Remington has been the head of the Altar Church for more than a decade. Multiple church members gathered around the scene to pray for not only Remington, but the shooter too.
“We just want to be here for everyone in our congregation. Be here for our pastor. We are going to go to the hospital and wait for the word to make sure he is okay,” said one church member.
“He opens his home to people. He takes them in and lets them live in his home. All the people society has turned their backs on, he reaches out to them.”
The investigation is ongoing.