Daingerfield church shooting

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Daingerfield church shooting
Location Daingerfield, Texas, United States
Date June 22, 1980
Attack type
Mass murder
Deaths 5
Non-fatal injuries
11 (including the perpetrator)
Perpetrator Alvin Lee King III

The Daingerfield church shooting was a mass murder that occurred at the First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas, United States on June 22, 1980. Alvin Lee King III, a former high school teacher, armed with a scoped, semi-automatic AR-15, an M1 carbine, and two revolvers, killed five people and wounded 10 others, after members of the church had declined his request to appear as character witnesses in a trial in which he was charged with raping his daughter. King was arrested after shooting himself and charged with five counts of murder and ten counts of attempted murder, but committed suicide in his prison cell on January 19, 1982, before he could be convicted.[1][2][3][4]


  • Gene Gandy, 50
  • Mary Regina Linam, 7
  • James Y. McDaniel, 53
  • Thelma Richardson, 78
  • Kenneth Truitt, 49

Among those wounded were: Jack Dean and Laverne McDaniel, 51. Faye Moore Grove


  1. ^ Ex-teacher accused of killing 5 hangs self, Star-News (January 20, 1982)
  2. ^ "This Is War!", Time (July 7, 1980)
  3. ^ Five die in church shooting, Spokane Daily Chronicle (June 23, 1980)
  4. ^ Blood of the Lamb, Texas Monthly (March 1983)