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The pastor was pronounced dead later at the hospital.

Two parishioners were injured, and the gunman also suffered self-inflicted wounds.

More details from the AP:

By JIM SUHR Associated Press Writer

MARYVILLE, Ill. - Theatrics often punctuated the Rev. Fred Winters' sermons, so congregants were initially unfazed when a stranger strode down First Baptist Church's main aisle as Winters preached and, with a series of bangs, turned the pastor's Bible into confetti. But as Winters ran from the front of the sprawling red brick church Sunday and collapsed with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest, churchgoers realized they were witnessing something horrifyingly real. The gunman's .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol jammed and two congregants quickly wrestled him to the ground as he waved a 4-inch knife – but not before all three were stabbed and Winters lay dying in the sanctuary's side aisle. "We thought it was part of a drama skit ... when he shot, what you saw was confetti," Linda Cunningham, one of about 150 people who attended the early morning service, said of the congregation's initial reaction. "We just sat there waiting for what comes next, not realizing that he had wounded the pastor." The gunman, whom police would only identify as a 27-year-old man from Troy pending possible charges, got off four shots in all, the first of which was deflected by Winters' Bible, Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent said. "It exploded the Bible," he said. A subsequent shot struck Winters in the chest. The gunman entered First Baptist Church shortly after 8 a.m. and exchanged words with Winters before he started shooting, Trent said.