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Alabama church capturing suspect mugshot demonstrates black eye right after ‘hero’ struck him with folding chair


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The Alabama man billed with the shooting and killing of a few individuals Friday showed a prominent black eye in his mugshot just after he was struck with a folding chair. 

Robert Findlay Smith, age 70, was charged with capital murder for the assault that occurred in the course of a “Boomers Potluck” at St. Stephens Episcopal Church exterior Birmingham Thursday evening.

He allegedly shot two 84-calendar year-olds and a 75-12 months-previous sufferer before an additional church member in his 70s rushed the gunman and strike him with a folding chair to prevent his assault.

This booking photograph released by the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Ala., shows Robert Findlay Smith, who was charged with capital murder on Friday, June 17, 2022, in a shooting that killed three people at an Alabama church. 

This scheduling photograph introduced by the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Ala., exhibits Robert Findlay Smith, who was charged with funds murder on Friday, June 17, 2022, in a capturing that killed three persons at an Alabama church. 
(Jefferson County Jail through WHD)

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“He strike him with a folding chair, wrestling him to the ground, took the gun from him and strike him in the head with his personal gun,” the church’s retired pastor, Rev. Doug Carpenter, reportedly described.

The parishioner was then ready to disarm Smith, leaving him mostly unharmed but with a huge bruise and a bloodshot eye, according to the mugshot launched by the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham. 

All 3 victims shot in the course of the Thursday assault have succumbed to their accidents, authorities verified Friday.  

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It remains unclear what Smith’s motive was at the rear of the shooting.

Church members console each other after a shooting at the Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Vestavia, Ala. 

Church customers console every single other following a shooting at the Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Vestavia, Ala. 
(WHD Picture/Butch Dill)

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Carpenter reportedly stated that witnesses experienced explained how Smith, who formerly attended church situations intermittently, sat alone and didn’t take in at the evening meal.

The gunman apparently declined invitations from fellow parishioners to sign up for them at the potluck in advance of he opened fire.

“Why would a dude who’s been all over for a even though abruptly come to a decision he would go to a supper and eliminate somebody?” Carpenter, who retired in 2005, questioned. “It does not make perception.”

Police Capt. Shane Ware talks about a fatal shooting at a church during a news conference in Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Friday, June 17, 2022. Authorities say three people were shot to death during an evening gathering at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church when a man pulled out a handgun and began firing. 

Law enforcement Capt. Shane Ware talks about a lethal shooting at a church throughout a news meeting in Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Friday, June 17, 2022. Authorities say a few people today have been shot to dying through an evening collecting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church when a guy pulled out a handgun and commenced firing. 
(WHD Picture/Jay Reeves)

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Parishioners held the male recognized as Smith right up until police officers arrived at the scene.

“The person that subdued the suspect, in my view, was a hero,” police Capt. Shane Ware reported all through a news convention Friday, expressing that act was “exceptionally essential in saving lives.”

The contributed to this report.

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