ATLANTA — Roman Catholics in Georgia will not be allowed to carry guns in church, with a few exceptions.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory opposed a new law spearheaded by Georgia Republicans that will allow people to carry guns in churches if the congregation permits it. Right now, carrying a firearm in a house of worship is illegal.
Gregory wrote in a newspaper column that he will generally ban weapons at Catholic institutions. He said exceptions will be made for people who are authorized members of the military, law enforcement officials or otherwise designated by the government to guard the public.
The archbishop said the new legislation makes guns more available and could allow violence to escalate.
Man charged with stabbing parents
DECATUR, GA. — A 39-year-old man was charged Friday with killing his two elderly parents with a samurai sword, leaving behind a scene in their metro Atlanta home that a police commander described as “horrific.”
Calvin Ray Jr. waived his appearance at an initial court hearing where he was charged with two counts of murder. DeKalb County authorities said they found samurai swords in a search of the home where a 73-year-old woman and her 75-year-old husband were stabbed to death.
The bodies were found by a relative who visited their house Thursday afternoon.
DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said detectives believe the victims and their son might have argued about money.
Man with pitchfork robs Waffle House
NORCROSS, GA. — Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Waffle House restaurant northeast of Atlanta.
Police said Jeffery Wooten, 50, entered the diner in Norcross and forced people toward a back room. He dropped the pitchfork while carrying a cash register back to his truck.
Two restaurant workers followed him outside, grabbed the abandoned pitchfork and used it to smash a window on his truck as he escaped, possibly injuring the suspect.
Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers said investigators have secured a warrant charging Wooten with armed robbery.
2 shot at FedEx site remain in hospital
MARIETTA, GA. — Two victims of the shooting at a FedEx facility near Atlanta this week remain hospitalized.
A spokesman for WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center said a 28-year-old man, who has been identified as Christopher Sparkman, remained in serious condition Friday after undergoing several surgeries. A 52-year-old woman remained in stable condition.
A 22-year-old man was released from the hospital Thursday evening.
In other news
DOUGLAS COUNTY police shot one burglary suspect in the arm and were searching for a second suspect Friday night after two separate chases. Police said they were pursuing two stolen vehicles on Interstate 20 when both chases ended in crashes. The suspect who was shot is expected to live.