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Gunman kills estranged wife, wounds daughter in Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church parking lot

Chron logo Chron 1/18/2019 Chevall Pryce, Nicole Hensley, Massarah Mikati, Staff writer
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Police are looking for a gunman responsible for killing his estranged wife and critically wounding her daughter outside Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Cypress, police said late Thursday.

Arthur Edigin, 62, opened fire on a car with the woman and her adult daughter in a parking lot in front of the church campus at 11500 block of Huffmeister Road at 7 p.m., according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The woman, 66, died while her daughter is in critical condition at a hospital, where police have posted several units out of precaution.

The suspect is believed to have fired five to six gunshots. He was last seen driving a white 2008 Suburban with a damaged front-right panel, police said.

The church addressed the shooting in a brief statement to Facebook.

"Two individuals were transported to local hospitals for treatment. All others are safe and accounted for at this time. Police are allowing those who were on campus at the time of the shooting to make their way to the cars to leave," the statement read.

The church was surrounded with police tape soon after the shooting, which prompted the Christ the Redeemer Catholic School on the campus to be placed on lock down.

a traffic light at night: A woman has been killed and another critically wounded during a shooting at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Cypress, according to police. The shooting happened in a parking lot in the 11500 block of Huffmeister Road at 7 p.m., Harris County Sheriff's Office officials said. © Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer

A woman has been killed and another critically wounded during a shooting at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Cypress, according to police. The shooting happened in a parking lot in the 11500 block of Huffmeister Road at 7 p.m., Harris County Sheriff's Office officials said.

"Those inside are safe. Police are on site. We'll update with details as we have them," the school tweeted.

Several people gathered in nearby parking lots waiting to be questioned by police.

A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said the church is cooperating with local authorities as they investigate the shooting.

The church, built in 1984, was hosting a choir rehearsal, bible study and another group meeting at the time of the shooting, according to its website.

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