Arrest made in Pelham church shooting

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Police run crime tape around the front of the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings,

PELHAM, NH —  Dale Holloway, 37, has been arrested for first-degree assault on Bishop Stanley Choate, 75, following a shooting at New England Pentecostal Church on Saturday.

Around 10:12 a.m. on Oct. 12 Pelham police officers responded to a reported shooting at the church located at 955 Bridge St. in Pelham.  A 9-1-1 call was made from the church in which a wedding service was taking place.  The caller reported that a man came in and shot at the presiding bishop.  Within moments, nearby officers were on scene and immediately entered the church.  Upon arrival, officers discovered Bishop Choate suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper chest.  Officers also discovered a number of parishioners pinning Dale Holloway down on the ground.

Bishop Choate is currently receiving treatment at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass.  He is listed in serious condition.

In addition to Bishop Choate, two other parishioners suffered injuries.  Claire McMullen, 60, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.  She is being treated at a local hospital and is in good condition.  Mark Castiglione, 60, was struck in the head with an object.  He has been treated at a local hospital and released.

At this time, Holloway has been arrested on alternative counts of purposely and knowingly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon by shooting Bishop Choate in the chest.

Holloway is being held awaiting arraignment tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. in Hillsborough County Superior Court – Southern District in Nashua.

In an obituary published Oct. 6, Dale Holloway is named as a step-son of Luis Garcia, who was shot and killed at his Londonderry home on Oct. 1. Mark Castiglione, injured in Saturday’s incident at the Pelham church, is the father of Brandon Castiglione, 24, who was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Luis Garcia’s death. Authorities have not officially commented on any connection between the parties or incidents.

The New Hampshire State Police and Pelham Police Department are continuing to investigate this crime.  Preliminary investigation of the matter indicates that this incident does not appear to be a random event.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Kelly Healey at the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit at the 603-MCU-TIPS (603-628-8477).

Church services scheduled for Sunday October 13, 2019, at the church have been canceled.  Crisis counselors will be available Sunday for anyone in the Pelham community or the New England Pentecostal Church community at Sherburne Hall community center tomorrow from 12 to 5 p.m.  Anyone who would talk one-on-one with a counselor is encouraged to attend.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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