Autopsy: North Wales church victim shot multiple times

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Police received reports of shots fired near a church in North Wales, Montgomery County.

NORTH WALES, Pa. (WPVI) -- A man who was killed during a church service in North Wales, Montgomery County died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

The autopsy found 27-year-old Robert Braxton III of Montgomeryville's manner of death was homicide.

During a Sunday afternoon press conference, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the person who killed Braxton is being interviewed and is cooperating with the investigation.

No charges have been filed as of yet in the April 24th shooting.

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The incident happened at 11 a.m. Sunday at Keystone Fellowship Church on the 400 block of Stump Road.

Church member Breeana Somers says gunfire erupted as the congregation stopped singing.

"We were worshiping and you hear three different gunshots," said Somers. "Everybody went on the floor and was hiding."

Steele said a disturbance that escalated to an altercation occurred between the victim and the gunman.

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"There was a disturbance. It escalated into an altercation between two church members," said Steele.

Steele says that led one church member to shoot Braxton. He wouldn't identify the gunman, but says he is licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

"The investigating is ongoing. We're going to have to determine whether the shooting was justified under the law," said Steele.

Steele wouldn't elaborate on how the shooting could be justified. He says he doesn't believe Braxton was armed.

Braxton was taken to Abington-Lansdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:11 p.m.

The gunman was also injured, Steele said. He was treated and released from the hospital.