Armed Ex-Marine Sought in Shooting of Pastor Outside Idaho Church
by Alex Johnson Idaho Pastor Shot
A manhunt continued Monday for an ex-Marine suspected of having shot a prominent Idaho minister several times outside his church Sunday, authorities said.
Kyle Andrew Odom, 30, remained at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Coeur d'Alene police said Monday, a day after Tim Remington, senior pastor of The Altar Church, was shot and critically wounded in the church parking lot.
Odom, who's believed to be driving a 2004 silver Honda Accord, was described as 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.
Remington, 55, was upgraded to fair condition Monday at Kootenai Health and Medical Center. He was shot six times after services Sunday afternoon, a day after he delivered the invocation at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Related: Idaho Pastor Shot, Critically Wounded Outside Church
John Padula, outreach minister at the nondenominational evangelical church, told NBC station KHQ of Spokane, Washington, that Remington was recovering from surgery for a collapsed lung and other injuries but was expected to survive.
Records and personal data offer little to explain why Odom might have wanted to shoot Remington.
Court records show only three minor traffic violations dating to 2002 — plus one case that is sealed in the Idaho court system, with no details available.
Coeur d’Alene police detectives have identified Kyle Andrew Odom, of Coeur d’Alene, as the suspect in Sunday's shooting at The Altar Church. Coeur d’Alene Police
A publicly available resumé, matching court and government records for Odom's address and other personal information, says Odom was a flight expedition technician for the Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010, based at Camp Pendleton, California. He was awarded an Iraq Campaign Medal with one star, according to the document. Odom then entered the University of Idaho, graduating summa cum laude in biochemistry in 2014, the resumé says. University records confirm that Odom was a dean's list student who was awarded a fellowship in 2013 for advanced research in aging.
As part of the fellowship, Odom presented biomedical research at a regional conference of the National Institutes of Health. In biographical documents associated with the fellowship, Odom wrote that he planned to seek a Ph.D. in biochemistry but hadn't yet decided on an eventual career path.
Remington, a former street preacher in California who has led The Altar Church for almost two decades, founded and operates a Christian drug and alcohol residential recovery program called Good Samaritan Rehabilitation, whose clients have included many former criminal convicts.
A prominent spokesman for conservative issues, Remington delivered the opening prayer for Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, at a rally Saturday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.
"Our prayers are with Pastor Tim, his family, and the doctors who are supervising his care," Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz's campaign, told NBC News. "We pray for his full recovery and are thankful for the efforts of law enforcement to ensure the attacker is swiftly brought to justice."
A prayer service for Remington was scheduled for 6 p.m. (9 p.m. ET) Monday at Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d'Alene.