A 26-year-old Christian man, Hans Schmidt, is in critical condition after being shot in the head while preaching on a Glendale, Arizona street corner. Schmidt, a military veteran and father of two, was informing passersby about an evening church service at a major intersection when the shooting occurred around 6:00 p.m. The perpetrator fled the scene, and Schmidt was quickly transported to the hospital, where he is now fighting for his life.
Schmidt’s wife, Zulya, took to Instagram seeking information and expressing gratitude for prayers. The church where Schmidt serves as outreach director, Victory Chapel, provided updates, stating that Schmidt began seizing upon arrival at the emergency room and was subsequently intubated. While there has been some movement, the extent is uncertain, and fluid is being drained from his brain. Schmidt remains in critical condition.
Witnesses reported individuals driving by, yelling, and cursing at Schmidt during his preaching. Despite the provocations, Schmidt did not respond. The Glendale Police Department is urging witnesses to come forward with information, emphasizing the severity of the situation and the need for community support. They are actively searching for a suspect, and information can be provided to the Glendale Police Department or Silent Witness.
The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, and it is unknown whether Schmidt was targeted by someone passing in a vehicle or approached on the street. The incident has shocked the local community, with neighbors expressing surprise at the violence against a preacher sharing positive messages. The Glendale Police Department is actively investigating the case, seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining more information to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
26-year-old Christian preacher Hans Schmidt was shot in the head while standing on a corner in Glendale, Arizona, encouraging people to attend an evening service and hear the Gospel at his church, Victory Chapel. Hans is a veteran with a wife and two children and is currently… pic.twitter.com/JQr1XaXAGy
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