A beloved religious leader was shot in the head Wednesday night while preaching the gospel in Glendale, Arizona.
Hans Schmidt, a young father and outreach director for the nondenominational Victory Chapel First Phoenix, was standing at the northwest corner of 51st and Peoria avenues with his megaphone, quoting scripture and preaching to passersby ahead of an evening service. Around 6 p.m., someone evidently pulled a gun on him,
It’s unclear whether the shooter attempted the apparent assassination on foot or from a car.
indicated police initially were dispatched to a hospital following reports that someone had been assaulted, but they soon discovered the victim had been shot.
The Victory Chapel revealed in a
statement Thursday, “Hans was taken to the ER where they discovered he had been shot after conducting a CT scan. He began seizing and was intubated. There has been some movement; however, physicians are uncertain how much is voluntary and began draining fluid from his brain. He remains in critical condition, please continue praying.”
Zulya Schmidt, the victim’s wife, noted in a Meta post, “Believing God has the final say. I love…
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