All Missionaries in Eagar/Springerville are Safe!

To Parents of Missionaries Serving in Eagar – All missionaries are safe!  No missionaries were injured.  This afternoon, 2 of our Sister Missionaries arrived at the Eagar Stake Center to be with an investigator who was scheduled for a baptismal interview.  The Sisters arrived just after the windows in the foyer of the building had been shot.  A member who was in the building left the building to report the shooting and call 911.  While coming back to the building and still outside it the member was wounded in the shoulder by the drive-by shooter.  The Sisters did not know of the shots or the injury to the member. because they entered in the stake center by another way. However, shortly after they arrived and went inside the building, they were informed of the shooting and took cover.  They observed that a Police Dept. officer who was taking crime scene photos was shot and bleeding from a head flesh wound.  Shortly thereafter they exited the building and were picked up by a member and taken to her home.

The District Leader and his companion arrived with a member in a car to see the officer being loaded into an ambulance.  The investigator who was scheduled to be interviewed was assisting in the loading of the wounded officer.  They did not pull into the chapel area but exited the area and proceeded to a safe location.

The shooter was known to the stake president, President Hamblin.  The shooter’s wife works at a local clinic.  The shooter was apparently under the influence of alcohol at the time of the shooting.

We are thankful for the Divine protection of our Elders and Sisters.  Eagar is a delightful small town where people don’t even lock their doors at night.  This is an unfortunate incident but not representative of the people in this area.

The Elders and Sisters in Eagar have been given permission to call home and assure parents that they are safe.  They have also been given permission to seek counseling from LDS Family Services if they feel a need.

We will keep you updated on any further developments in this situation.

President and Sister Sweeney

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