Monday, November 24, 2008

2nd church shooting victim dies

CLIFTON, N.J.-A second victim of a weekend church shooting died Monday, leaving one survivor who was in extremely critical condition, authorities said. The estranged wife of the alleged gunman, who remained at large, also died in the attack.John Dennis, 24, a bystander in the shootings, died of head wounds suffered in Sunday's shooting at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church.The search for the suspect, Joseph M. Pallipurath, focused on Georgia, where he has relatives, Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano said.Pallipurath, 27, had come from Sacramento, Calif., and allegedly killed his wife, Reshma James, 24, authorities said. She had been staying with relatives near Clifton since leaving Sacramento, where they lived.She had taken out a restraining order against Pallipurath, Avigliano said. Their marriage had been arranged, he said."She found out he wasn't all he was cut out to be," Avigliano said. "He was abusive toward her, and she left him and came out here."James' cousin, Silvy Perincheril, 47, also was shot in the head and remained in "extremely critical" condition Monday, Avigliano said.Dennis did not know the family, the prosecutor said.Pallipurath was last seen driving a green 2004 Jeep with California license plates and a black soft top.The church caters to immigrant families from the southern Indian state of Kerala.
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