An Idaho pastor gave the opening prayers at one of presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign rallies in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday morning, but had no idea of what was to come the following day. After giving his normal sermon at church the next morning, he was greeted with an absolutely horrid surprise in the parking lot.
MailOnline is reporting that 55-year-old Tim Remington invoked Cruz’s rally in front of thousands of people on Saturday, only to wind up in critical condition the following day after being ambushed at his church. Apparently, Remington gave his Sunday morning sermon as usual, but when he went to leave the building, 30-year-old Kyle Andrew Odom was waiting outside for him to exit, and things took a horrible turn.
As Remington went to enter his vehicle, surveillance footage shows Odom walked up from behind and “just started shooting him in the back.” Remington was struck six times, including once in the head, and was rushed to the hospital, where he was reported to be in stable condition late Sunday night.
John Padua, an associate pastor at the Altar Church, said that Odom appeared to know his way around a firearm.
“It didn’t look like the first time he had shot,” Padua told The Spokesman-Review. “He stood pretty professional as he was shooting.”
Police said that Odom remains at large, and he should be considered armed and dangerous. As for a motive, they said it’s unclear why Odom would have attacked Remington, but that the pastor’s work with recovering addicts might have something to do with it.
More from MailOnline about Remington’s work:
Remington is director of the faith-based Good Samaritan Rehabilitation drug and alcohol residential program. He has been known to invite recovering addicts to live with him and his family in the past.
‘He is the most selfless man I have ever met in my life,’ Padula said.
‘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 the 1,700 people now who have graduated our program.’
Padula said the church is praying both for Remington, a father of four, and his shooter.
‘We don’t love him less than anybody else,’ he told the station. ‘And we pray that he comes to know Jesus Christ as his lord and savior, so we don’t want to see anything bad happen to him either.’
While it’s likely pure coincidence that Remington was nearly killed the day after participating in a political rally, the possibility of the attack being politically-motivated shouldn’t be ruled out since as we’ve seen in the past, people will do some pretty crazy things when it comes to politics.
What do you think? Was this random, or did it have anything to do with the rally the day before?