2 arrested in church gymnasium shooting against teenage Mormon missionary


Two suspects have been charged in connection with the church shooting that injured an 18-year-old missionary.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has charged 18-year-old Courtney Lee Knight with attempted murder in connection with the Dec. 3 gunfire at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints facility that injured Michael Fauber.

Cornelius Omar-James Knight, 22, is charged with obstructing prosecution.

The shooting took place at the Birmingham Stake Center, which is a Church meeting place, on Altadena Road, near Vestavia Hills.

Fauber and two other missionaries were with a group of people interested in learning more about the Church.

They were playing basketball in the centre’s cultural hall – a weekly event – when at around 8:30 p.m. Fauber spoke to a man who entered the building.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief David Agee said the shooter – now identified as Courtney Knight – walked into the gym and played a few games with them.

Then, seemingly unprovoked, the suspect started shooting, Agee said.

Elder Fauber, 18, of Dayton, Ohio, was injured in a church shooting in Alabama on Friday, authorities said. (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

“It was the first time they had seen him there,” Agee said, adding that it didn’t appear that anyone knew the suspect.

Fauber was repeatedly beaten and rushed to UAB Hospital, initially in critical condition. He had surgery and continued to improve.

Fauber is originally from Ohio and served in the Church’s Alabama Mission in Birmingham.

Sgt. Joni Money said Courtney Knight was identified as a suspect on December 9. Authorities did not say how they identified him as a suspect.

Courtney Knight was arrested Tuesday by the US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is being held in the county jail on $ 60,000 bond.

Cornelius Knight is being held on $ 15,000 bond.

Authorities have not disclosed the motive for the shooting.

“Our detectives worked tirelessly to develop information from what initially appeared to be a needle in a haystack,” Money said, calling the crime a “wrongful attack on a blameless person.”

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