Four Church Members Shot at Oregon Scientology Center - 1996-09-26
PORTLAND, ORE. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A man carried a pistol and a can of gasoline into a downtown Church of Scientology on Wednesday, starting a fire and shooting four church members, including a pregnant woman.
Jairus Godeka, 38, surrendered after walking out of the church's Portland Celebrity Centre with a female hostage who was heard shouting: "Don't do anything. He's got a gun to my head." Police talked the man into releasing the hostage unharmed and dropping his handgun.
The pregnant woman was hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound in her shoulder. The center's executive director was in fair condition with a wound to his right side and another man was in serious condition with a wound to his chest. The fourth victim was treated for a wound to his buttocks and later released.