Ex-Marine Suspected of Gunning Down Idaho Pastor Has Vanished, Police Say

by Alex Johnson /  / Updated 

Idaho Pastor Shot

March 7, 201601:13

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As the manhunt expanded to other states, police said Monday night that they have no idea where an ex-Marine accused of shooting of a prominent Idaho pastor has escaped to.

"His whereabouts are completely unknown," Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White said of Kyle Andrew Odom, 30, who is considered armed and dangerous.

White said at a news briefing late Monday afternoon that the trail went cold when Odom apparently drove west toward Spokane, Washington, and then south after senior pastor Tim Remington, of The Altar Church, was shot and critically wounded Sunday in the church's parking lot.

Related: Idaho Pastor Shot, Critically Wounded Outside Church

Remington, 55, was upgraded to fair condition Monday. He was shot six times after services Sunday afternoon, a day after he delivered the invocation at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

IMAGE: Pastor Tim Remington in 2014
Tim Remington, senior pastor of The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, at church program gathering in 2014.KHQ-TV

White said the attack was "preplanned" and that Odom — who is believed to have previously shown up at the nondenominational evangelical church — was armed throughout the Sunday service, which he attended before heading out to the parking lot.

"I think our community as a whole got very, very lucky on Sunday," White said. "I think this could have been much worse."

White said no motive had been established, but he said Odom — a high-honors graduate of the University of Idaho who served four years in the Marine Corps — has a history of mental illness and is believed to have acted alone.

Related: What We Know About Ex-Marine Sought in Shooting of Pastor Tim Remington

"I will tell you that some details surrounding Mr. Odom's planning are disturbing," White said, offering no further details.

Image: Kyle Andrew Odom
Coeur d’Alene police detectives identified Kyle Andrew Odom, of Coeur d’Alene, as the suspect in Sunday's shooting at The Altar Church.Coeur d’Alene Police

The only lead that investigators have is video from the church's parking lot, which recorded the gunman driving off in a silver 2004 Honda Accord, White said. He called the video "absolutely priceless."

White said Odom is armed and extremely dangerous, and he urged anyone who spotted Odom to avoid him and to call 911 immediately.

Remington, a prominent spokesman for conservative issues, delivered the opening prayer for Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas who is among the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, at a rally Saturday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.

Odom's family said it is "devastated by Sunday's events" and asked for privacy in a brief statement Monday afternoon.

"We are praying for Pastor Tim, his family and his continued recovery," the statement said. "We are also praying for Kyle's safe return and to get the help he needs. We love you Kyle!"

Cruz's campaign, meanwhile, told NBC News on Sunday that its prayers are with "Pastor Tim, his family, and the doctors who are supervising his care."

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