Motive Emerges in Pastor Shooting

30 Sep

A motive has emerged as the cause of the Pastor hooting in Lake Charles, Louisiana… Turns out the Reverend and the shooter’s (Woodrow Cary) wife had been in some sort of sexual relationship. It is unclear at this time whether that relationship was voluntary on her part.

Woodrow Cary, the accused shooter of Pastor Ronald J Harris

Sexual relationship between pastor, gunman’s wife being investigated as motive for shooting

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso addressed the media today regarding the case of a pastor who was shot and killed in front of his congregation.

“This is a shooting that took place in front of 60 some people, so it’s going to take time to come to a conclusion,” he said. “It will not just take days but several weeks to get to the truth and the bottom of this.”

Sheriff Mancuso explained that the high-profile and public nature of this crime has led to a number of rumors and interest from the media. He also noted that those rumors prompted a phone call from the FBI.

“There’s a lot of speculation as to what took place and the motive in this case and I’m going to tell you that we are going to proceed with great caution in this investigation,” he said. “You have so many rumors going on that it sometimes clouds the water for our investigation.”

The incident took place on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center. Woodrow Karey, Jr., 53, walked into the church and shot Pastor Ronald J. Harris, Sr., twice. He then fled the scene and called law enforcement shortly thereafter.

“It’s my understanding that they were great friends at some point,” Sheriff Mancuso explained. “I’m sure we’re going to get responses from both sides saying that they are great people.”

The possible motive investigators are currently working to confirm is that Pastor Harris was involved in some sort of sexual relationship with Karey’s wife.

“[A week before the actual shooting, Karey] stated that he had received some inappropriate images from his wife to Pastor Harris,” Sheriff Mancuso said. “Then, evidently, he confronted his wife and she filed a rape charge against Pastor Harris on Wednesday, September 25.”

Deputies were unable to interview Pastor Harris regarding the rape allegation before he was shot and killed on Friday.

“That’s where we are in this investigation,” he said. “At this time the charges against Mr. Karey are appropriate based on the information we have.”

Karey is being held in the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center for Second-Degree Murder. His bond was set at $1 million.


Posted by on September 30, 2013 in You Know It's Bad When...


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4 responses to “Motive Emerges in Pastor Shooting

  1. dwjazzlover

    September 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    That is about all we have also. The rumor mill is running rampant.


  2. roderick2012

    October 1, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Any way you look at this sitution it’s effed up.

    If she had sent the pastor pictures of herself I doubt it was rape.

    And if she did file false rape charges against him then she will have to suffer the consequences of her lies.

    That being said even if the pastor had raped her Karey should have allowed the justice system to work rather than becoming judge, jury and executioner.

    Now he’s going to be someone’s wife in prison and his cheating wife will be free to find yet another man.

    Dumb and shady all the way around.


    • ann

      October 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Excellent post!


    • btx3

      October 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Not sure at this point she was sending pics. They haven’t said that yet. The rape allegation hasn’t been fully investigated by the police either.

      Certainly the husband believed it.



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