Monday, August 13, 2007
Man, 52, Charged In Neosho Church Shooting
Eiken Elam Saimon
The man charged with murdering three people, including the pastor, in a Micronesian congregation holding Sunday afternoon services at the First Congregational Church of Neosho yelled "Liars" before opening fire, according to a report posted on CNN;Police said Eiken Elam Saimon shouted "liars, liars, you're all liars" before opening fire with a semiautomatic machine pistol commonly known as a Tech-9, Police Chief David McCracken said.When police arrived,
Saimon had surrounded himself with 30 to 40 hostages in the sanctuary and "he was holding a female hostage at gunpoint," the chief said.Five people were wounded in the Sunday afternoon attack at the church in Neosho, about 120 miles northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma.Saimon had been listed as a possible suspect in the assault of a 14-year-old girl that was reported Saturday evening, Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said.