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It was unclear what specifically upset him, but Ratzmann was a member of the Living Church of God (search), a denomination whose leader recently prophesied that end times are near.
Fifty to 60 people were at Saturday's weekly meeting, and anyone in Ratzmann's path appeared to be a target. He even dropped a magazine and reloaded another.
The church's minister, Randy L. Gregory, 51, and his son, James Gregory, 16, of Gurnee, Ill., died, along with Harold Diekmeier, 74, of Delafield; Richard Reeves, 58, of Cudahy; Bart Oliver, 15, of Waukesha; Gloria Critari, 55, of Cudahy; and Gerald A. Miller, 44, of Erin, according to police and published reports.
Marjean Gregory, 52, of Gurnee, was hospitalized in critical condition. Matthew P. Kaulbach, 21, of Pewaukee and Angel M. Varichak, 19, of Helenville were hospitalized in satisfactory condition Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said. A 10-year-old girl police identified as Lindsay also remained hospitalized.
The church group was 20 or 30 minutes into Saturday's service when the shots rang out.
Ratzmann regularly attended the gatherings at the Sheraton each Saturday — the church group did not have a building of its own. But Frazier said Ratzmann walked out of a recent sermon "sort of in a huff."
"Something that the minister said he was upset about. I'm not quite sure what exactly," she said.
During the shooting rampage, Ratzmann told the friend who approached him that he was upset, said Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher, although he was unsure over what.
He was not known to have threatened anyone and had no criminal record, police said.
Originally posted by RebelSaint
The point is: Is there a larger conspiracy going on right now? Is preaching "end-times" prophecy becoming something of a taboo/cult thing that is going to be persecuted more and more often until it is completely denied to exist?
Originally posted by nightbreid
An end-times prophecy is that two witnesses of God (prophets) will start preaching that the end is near, and perform miracles, predict events--and still people will not believe them. The are supposed to be killed, murdered in the streets, as a result of their actions, and this is to gain world-wide attention. And still people will not believe. Who's going to be the nutcase then? Such is the stigma attached to anyone that sees the big picture beyond the perception of everyday life.
Originally posted by RANT
Being an End Times Rapture cultist is to Christianity what being a Trekki is to science.
Originally posted by The Astral City
No one ever said they were preaching purely about the end times.
I have not checked into this church/denomination. My post was for reference to churches who focus mainly or exclusively on end times preaching and for info for others. I'll have to check into this church when I have time.
[edit on 16-3-2005 by dbrandt]
[edit on 16-3-2005 by dbrandt]