Man charged with murder in Catholic Supply store shooting

Thomas Bruce is facing charges of murder and assault. (Source: St. Louis County Police...
Thomas Bruce is facing charges of murder and assault. (Source: St. Louis County Police Department/Twitter)
Published: Nov. 21, 2018 at 6:42 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KFVS/AP) - A man has been charged with murder in a shooting at a Catholic Supply store in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Thomas Bruce, 53, was charged with first-degree murder, eight counts of armed criminal action, three counts of first-degree sodomy or attempted sodomy, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.

According to a church official at a St. Louis-area Calvary Chapel, Bruce was the minister of a Calvary Chapel in Cape Girardeau. He said it disbanded about 10 years ago and that’s when Bruce moved up north. He said Calvary Churches operate individually.

Police held a news conference on Wednesday evening, November 21 where they announced the charges.

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The arrest came two days after a gunman entered the Catholic Supply store near Ballwin. Police have said the attacker sexually assaulted someone and shot 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt in the head. She died later at a hospital.

President of the Catholic Supply Dan Stutte tweeted a response following the press conference.

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