A 24-year old Indian immigrant from Kerala trying to escape an abusive marriage, was killed by her husband, who also shot two other persons injuring them critically at a church in New Jersey.
The 27-year old assailant, identified as Joseph "Sanish" Pallipurath, who drove all across the US from California to New Jersey to confront his 24-year old wife Reshma James, escaped after fatally shooting her.
Police said he was still potentially dangerous as he possessed the sliver handgun with which he shot the victim.
While Reshma died four hours later, the two others, identified as Dennis John Malloosseril, 23, and Silvy Perincheril, 47, were reportedly in "very critical condition". The hospital though declined to give any information.
Perincheril is Reshma's cousin and a mother of three.
The incident occurred towards the end of the three-hour Sunday service at the St Thomas Syrian Orthodox Kanaya Church in Clifton, when Pallipurath confronted his wife in the Church and shot her, along with another woman and a man.
Apparently apprehending trouble, Reshma had obtained a Court order restraining her husband from coming near her.
Police said she had suffered abuse right from the initial days of her marriage in Kerala, and after the couple moved to California, she continued to complain of abuse.
Recently, Reshma had left her husband to live with a relative in New Jersey.
About 200 people were inside the church at the time of the incident and police received several emergencies calls. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for the suspect who escaped in a jeep.