DAYTON, OHIO — Sunday services resumed this week, after a sad and shocking story out of Dayton Ohio, where 70-year-old pastor, Rev. William B. Schooler was shot and killed after Sunday services in his private office at Dayton’s St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church on February 28, apparently by his brother.
Daniel Gregory Schooler, 68, was arrested at the scene without incident and police have determined that the incident was not a random act of violence, but rather one of a “domestic” nature involving a five year old inheritance dispute and that there was no threat to the general public.
Court documents indicate that the wife of the victim, Helen Schooler, witnessed the last of four shots and that when the suspect was finished shooting, he simply put the gun down and waited at the scene for police to arrive.
Dayton Police Sgt. Richard Blommel says the younger Schooler, who, according to court and police records, has a history of mental illness and violence, including charges of kidnapping, felonious assault with a deadly weapon, and others. He is currently being held on $1 million bail and has plead not guilty to charges of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault, and having weapons while under disability.
Friend, Ronnie Moreland said the victim had “deep roots in the community” and was a “beloved community leader” who was a former member of the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education and was currently serving as interim president of the Dayton Baptist Pastors and Ministers Union of Greater Dayton, Inc.