HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Church members are hurting and a community is in shock. Huntsville Police are looking for the person who killed two brothers inside West Huntsville United Methodist Church on Tuesday morning.
Police released the mens’ names Wednesday. Anthony Jackson was 76 and Terry Jackson was 69. Both lived in Huntsville.
Police are asking for the community’s help to find the suspect in the crime. They don’t have a good description of him, only saying witnesses saw a black male, possibly in his 40s, run from the church. Police haven’t said what led to the incident.
If you have any information about the person, or saw something that might help the investigation, please call (256) 722-7100.
Investigators talked with several witnesses on Tuesday.
“We are not going to comment on exactly how we feel,” said Harry Hobbs, Huntsville Police spokesperson. “It could have happened anywhere. We are going to stick with trying to get it solved right now.”
Both men were reportedly involved in a fight with a knife. One man died in the church and the other was rushed to Huntsville Hospital, but didn’t make it.
“It is sad, just very sad. They were out helping people. They were there to help people and they got hurt,” said Schella Jones.
Police found a knife on a street across from the church, and say the suspect may have been hurt in the fight.
None of the church members talked with us on camera. One did say Tuesday is the day church members meet in the mornings to pack up food and give to the needy.