COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho Police in this city, also called “a slice of heaven”, were looking for a suspect who shot and wounded a pastor in the parking lot of a church on Sunday, a day after he prayed at a rally for Texas Senator Ted Cruz rally.
Police in Coeur d’Alene Police that Tim Remington, the pastor, was shot four times in the back while walking to his car.
KREM-TV reported police were called to the Alter Church on the corner of 9th and Best. Officials said they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Kootenai Medical Center where his condition remains critical.
His nephew Matthew, however, said Remington was talking to EMS workers on his way to the hospital.
Remington, the 55-year-old senior pastor and founder of The Alter Church, was shot at after Remington prayed at the Ted Cruz rally on Saturday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. However, there seems to be no apparent link between the two episodes.
Remington has been the head of the Alter Church for more than a decade. Multiple church members gathered around the scene to pray for not only Remington, but for the shooter as well.
“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.”
Police said the suspect fled the scene before they got there and has not been located.
Remington was said to be deeply into services for people who have problems with drugs and alcohol. That idea has grown into Mentor Home Ministry and Good Samaritan Rehabilitation.
He has a degree in counseling and focuses on Victim Offender Mediation, Family Mediation, Drug and Alcohol Counseling as well as other counseling positions. He is the director of Good Samaritan Rehabilitation drug and alcohol residential facilities.
He is also the senior pastor of The Altar Church, which he and his wife began in Coeur d’Alene more than 18 years ago.