Several shot, 1 dies at gay-friendly Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church [video]

Posted by JD Uy
July 27, 2008 3:13 PM |

''I don't understand why anybody would do this. All we know right now is that the suspect was not connected to the church in any way. I have no idea if the man had some sort of political or cultural agenda (TVUUC had just put up a sign welcoming gays to the congregation), or if it's just some lunatic acting for no reason at all.''

Portion of an blog post by "Elrod" who says he was a member of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, where a man armed with a shotgun began shooting, apparently at raondom from the hip, at adults attending a children's play. (The Moderate Voice) The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church's social activities include a Spectrum Cafe which is noted on the organization's web site as "social gathering place for Knoxville area high school youth who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender." (Out And About)

''Greg McKendry stood in the front of the gunman and took the blast to protect the rest of us.”

Barbara Kemper, a witness to a mass shooting at a Knoxville, TN church. The gunman was said to have opened fire on an audience inside the church as they watched children perform the musical ''Annie.'' No motive is yet known for the shooting and the gunman was reportedly not a member of the church. (

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