A Jackson pastor was shot dead by at least two unknown suspects while opening his church for Sunday service, NBC-affiliate WLBT reported.
Sixty-three-year-old Anthony Finch Longino, was shot at around 9:00 a.m. outside the doors of New Bethany Missionary Church on Hill Avenue in the Mississippi capital and was later confirmed deceased by the Hinds County Coroner, Sharon Grisham-Stewart.
After the shooting, the suspects stole Longino’s blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck, Jackson Police Department (JPD) said. The perpetrators initially arrived at the church in an older model green pickup with a damaged rear windshield, according to the police.
The suspects have not yet been found. Police believe the motive behind the killing was robbery. At around midday, the victim’s car was spotted behind a house on Eastview street and a black male was also seen running away from officers. However, the man managed to evade capture.
Then, JPD received a tip-off from an individual who said that a 14-year-old male living on Pecan Boulevard may have information about the shooting. Officers, backed up by a Hinds County SWAT team, searched the property after obtaining a warrant, but no leads were found, Magnolia State Livereported.
The juvenile was later found and taken to police headquarters for questioning, although he has not been arrested.
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