On Saturday, constitutional conservative and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a rally at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The state will hold its primary on Tuesday, March 8.
But one day after the rally, Pastor Tim Remington, who delivered the invocation at the Ted Cruz rally, was shot from behind numerous times, including in the head and the lung, in his own church’s parking lot as he was entering his car.
Remington is the lead pastor at the Altar Church in Coeur d’Alene. He was shot from behind on Sunday at approximately 2 pm after he walked to his car. Although the shooting was caught on the church’s surveillance camera, the suspect is still at-large after fleeing the scene in a silver car.
According to the Spokane Spokesman, the suspect has been identified as 30-year old Kyle Andrew Odom who lives in Coeur d’Alene. He was driving a 2004 silver Honda Accord with license plate K578519. He is described as being six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes and 170 pounds. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.
The outreach pastor at the church, John Padula, said that, according to footage from security cameras, Odom wandered around the church then sat in his car and waited for Pastor Remington to exit the church. The pastor was ambushed from behind as he entered his car, shot in the back numerous times. He described the suspect as standing in military-like fashion as he shot the pastor.
The pastor was shot in the head, hip, lung, and shoulder. The injuries are surprisingly non-life threatening, with friends, family, and congregants describe the situation as nothing short of miraculous.
On social media, Roger Crigger weighed in on the situation.
“One of the bullets tried to enter the brain but stopped at the skull … He is and will continue to be alive and serving God!”
Padula shared that Pastor Remington is the director of Good Faith Samaritan, a faith-based drug rehabilitation program. In speaking about Remington’s ministry he shared about the pastor’s selflessness.
“He lives for God and for everybody else. He is the most selfless man I have ever met in my life. When I was struggling, when I was using drugs still, he just loved the daylights out of me and helped me, as he has done for 1,700 people now who have graduated our program.”
No motive is known for the shooting.
Coeur d’Alene is unfortunately known for having a handful of white supremacist and NeoNazi groups in the area. The white supremacist group Aryan Nation calls this area their world headquarters, much to the chagrin of local residents who do not fall in line with their racist beliefs, though the group actively works to recruit new members in the area.