‘God help us’: Woman accused of shooting church’s pastor

SANTA MONICA, Calif.

– A woman accused of fatally shooting a Santa Monica pastor has been arrested.

Police said 33-year-old Shasta Williams was arrested in San Mateo County after her boyfriend and her two children told police they heard the woman scream for help outside the Mission Missionary Baptist Church in the 1500 block of West Main Street at about 11:30 a.m.

Sunday.

Detectives said Williams then ran toward the front door of the church, where she fired several shots at the pastor’s car.

The pastor’s family told police Williams then turned her gun on herself.

The Rev. Thomas A. Williams, 73, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two children, ages 8 and 4, were unharmed, and were transported to a hospital, where they are expected to be OK.

Witnesses told police the shooting happened because Williams was verbally abusive and refused to leave the church grounds.

A witness called 911 about 8:20 a.ms. after Williams called out to him and told him to go home.

Witnesses said Williams got out of the car, got into her car and began shooting.

A woman who lives nearby told investigators Williams called 911 and told her that her mother had died.

The witness said she saw Williams hit the pastor with her car.

A 911 caller reported the pastor was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The San Mateoan County Sheriff’s Department and the Santa Monica Police Department are investigating the shooting.