Man found guilty in North Wales church shooting

- Authorities say a man has been found guilty in connection with a church shooting in North Wales.

Mark Storms was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering others. No date has been set for sentencing at this time.  His bail has been revoked bail, according to officials. 

The shooting happened at Keystone Fellowship Church in North Wales back in April, a little more than an hour's drive north of Philadelphia, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

The shooting victim, Robert Braxton, became disruptive during services before church members calmed him down, Steele said. Witnesses told police Storms approached Braxton, showed him a gold badge and a gun in his waistband and asked him to leave. Braxton then punched Storms, who fired two shots, killing him, they said.

Storms told investigators he bought the badge after he was issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to a police affidavit. He said he showed it to Braxton hoping to defuse the situation, the affidavit said.

Authorities had been investigating whether the shooting was in self-defense, but Steele said that wasn't a reasonable explanation.

"It is clear the shooter brought a gun to a crowded church, he introduced that gun into a verbal altercation that turned into a fistfight and then fired the gun twice aiming at the vital part of the body, killing the victim," Steele said. "It doesn't make sense to bring a gun to church."

More than 50 witnesses were interviewed before the charge was brought against Storms.

 

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