COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Coeur d'Alene Police Department chief Lee White said the suspected shooter of a North Idaho pastor had been at the church for hours before the shooting on Sunday.
"Both services, he had been at the church here at the church on and off for a couple of days, driving around then he got here at 6:30 a.m. and our service doesn’t start until 8:30 a.m.," The Altar Reach Outreach pastor John Padula said.
White said they are still searching for a motive of shooting of a local pastor on Sunday.
While officers have not been able to interview Tim Remington, they can find no connection yet to suspect and church, White said at a press conference on Monday. White said they have not found information about the connection to the church at this point or if the shooting was tied to the Ted Cruz rally on Saturday where Remington led with a prayer.
"However, it does appear that this was a pre-planned attack," White said. "And I will tell you that some details surrounding Mr Odom's planning are disturbing."
White wouldn't specify how many times Remington was shot, but they said it was captured on security cameras.
"The video footage that we have from this event was absolutely priceless," White said. "It was extremely helpful."
The Coeur d’Alene Police Department issued warrant of Attempted First-Degree Murder for shooting suspect Kyle Odom. White said there was history of mental illness.
White said the suspect was armed while inside church Sunday and community as a whole got "very, very lucky" that day, White said.
The suspect left after the shooting and was seen on Idaho Transportation Department cameras heading west toward Spokane, according to White. White said they do not have an idea on his current location.
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.
Coeur d’Alene Police continue to search Monday for Odom, who is accused of shooting a pastor in the parking lot of a North Idaho church on Sunday afternoon.
Police also released a more detailed image of what type of car Odom is suspected to be driving.
"After talking with people who knew Mr. Odom, it causes great concern for his immediate well being and the well being of those around him," White said.
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.
"At 6:30 a.m., (He) was just kind of sitting out in his car and then drove around a little bit was walking in and out of the church and the coffee shop," Padura said. "Me and pastor had seen him, he walked right by us a few times and there were no issues, nothing."
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.
Also on Monday, eyewitness Tom Iverson spoke exclusively with KREM 2 about what he saw when Remington was shot.
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 and the public is not in danger.
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