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F372.png Four Church Members Shot at Oregon Scientology Center September 26, 1996, Associated Press

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.


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