• Witnesses describe deadly megachurch shooting

    By: Tom Jones


    SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - For the first time since a deadly shooting at a south Fulton County megachurch last month, church members are describing the horrifying ordeal.

    Billy Mackin and his wife said they watched as a gunman approached a stage at the World Changers International Church and shot another man leading a prayer service. The victim, 39-year-old Greg McDowell, died from his wounds.

    "He pulled something out and that's when I noticed it was a gun, and he started to shoot," Diane Mackin told Channel 2's Tom Jones on Friday.

    Her husband added, "Greg finally fell. Once he finally fell, then he (the gunman) came over and shot him again."

    The Mackins said the shooter then looked into the audience and fixed his gaze on a church worker who plays the music.

    "He looked around for him, got off the stage and stuff, started walking toward him. He broke and ran, ran around the pews and stuff," Billy Mackin said.

    The Mackins said the gunman then calmly left the Chapel. McDowell was the only person hurt in the shooting.

    Police tracked down former World Changers church member 51-year-old Floyd Palmer at Lenox Square mall, and he was charged with McDowell's murder. Detectives haven't yet released a motive.

    Court documents show church surveillance cameras recorded Palmer the morning of the shooting. Several church members identified him as the shooter.

    Diane Mackin said McDowell was so deep in his prayer she doesn't think he even noticed the gunman approaching.

    "I don't think he ever saw him, never did get a chance to see him because he never did turn around," she said.

    The Mackins said they are praying for McDowell's family and praying for Palmer as well.

    "Well, he's our brother in the Lord. You can't judge people," Diane Mackin said.

    Palmer was scheduled to go before a judge Friday morning but that hearing was postponed for a week. He is being held without bond.

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