FEDERAL WAY, Wash. Police say a 38-year-old woman is dead after her 42-year-old husband shot her at Calvary Lutheran Church on S. 330th Street in Federal Way Wednesday shortly before 6 p.m.
According to Federal Way Police, the Lakewood couple was at the church for a counseling session during which the husband shot his wife. He reportedly fired his handgun several times at the victim.
The husband then called 911 and waited for police. He was taken into custody without incident.
It is something that doesn't occur that often, said police spokesman Ray Bunk, to have a suspect actually call and admit what happened.
The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center where she later died.
Police blocked off the entire block around the church after the shooting.
It is a horrible thing to have happen anyplace, and unfortunately we know who the person was and that makes it more difficult for people who were here, said one woman who appears to be a member of church leadership. But it would be sad regardless if we knew the person.
No one else was hurt at the church at the time of the shooting.
Police are trying to determine a motive and if the shooting happened during the counseling session or after.
The suspect and the victim have not yet been identified.