Bride shot on wedding day after gunman storms into church and opens fire

A gunman charged into a church in the US state of New Hampshire and opened fire, wounding a bride and the bishop before wedding guests tackled him, authorities said.

Dale Holloway, 37, was charged with first-degree assault after he allegedly opened fire at the New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham on Saturday.

The incident left bride Claire McMullen, 60, hospitalised with arm injuries at a local hospital. The bishop, Stanley Choate, 75, was shot in the chest and hospitalised in serious condition.

Word of multiple gunshot victims at the New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham prompted police, fire and ambulance crews to rush to the simple white one-storey structure in the town about 30 miles (48 km) north of Boston.

The Pelham Police Department said in a statement that the shooting did "not appear to be a random event," but did not elaborate.

The shooting delayed a planned noon funeral for a minister at the church who was shot dead in a separate shooting earlier in the month. Luis Garcia was killed on Oct. 1 at a house in the nearby town of Londonderry. A man with a history of drug crimes was charged with the shooting and remains in custody.

Earlier in the morning a community meeting about domestic abuse had been scheduled, according to the church's website.

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