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Daughter of Lake Charles Pastor Gunned Down Speaks Out

Bond is set at $1 million for a Louisiana man accused of shooting and killing a church pastor as he preached in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Friday night.
Suspect Woodrow Karey (Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center)
Suspect Woodrow Karey (Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center)
(CNN) -- Bond is set at $1 million for a Louisiana man accused of shooting and killing a church pastor as he preached in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Friday night.

Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies arrested 53-year-old Woodrow Karey, a church deacon, and charged him with second-degree murder after he called 911 and told the dispatcher what he had done, sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Myers said.

Witnesses told police that Karey walked into the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center around 8:20 p.m. and shot Pastor Ronald Harris twice -- the first time as Karey entered the church and then again at close range after Harris had fallen to the floor, Myers said.

"And then I remember my daddy taking off running, and he shot him in the back. And he fell by our kids, trying to run. And he got over him again and shot him again. And kinda stood there, I guess to watch him take his last breath. Then stood by the back door, and then he took off running," Talisha Harris, the pastor's daughter, told CNN affiliate KPLC.

"We had someone holding the pressure you know in his back where they had shot him twice," she said. "And it was kind of chaotic. Everybody was just everywhere."

Karey fled the scene on foot but later called the sheriff's office and surrendered without incident, Myers said.

During his arrest, Karey directed the deputies to two guns he had discarded in a wooded area. One of the firearms was a shotgun and the other was a pistol, police said. Police have not said which weapon was used to kill the pastor.

Karey has no known criminal history, and the motive for the killing is unknown, police said.

Calcasieu Parish Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory told CNN on Sunday morning there were 50 to 60 witnesses at the church.

Harris, who was inside the church when shots were fired, recalled the type of man her father was.

"He was a strong person, and whatever came his way, he still stood on the word of God. He stood. He never wavered," she told KPLC, struggling to hold back tears.

"My dad was a great father. He was an awesome grandfather. He was an awesome preacher-teacher. He had a big heart. He loved everybody, wanted to always help," she said.
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