California Man Kills Estranged Wife At New Jersey Church

A New Jersey church was the scene of domestic violence as an estranged husband shot and killed his wife. The man traveled from California to kill his wife. She had fled their home hoping to free herself from a marriage of abuse.

The man also wounded two other people before fleeing.

The police are now looking for Joseph M. Pallipurath, 27, of Sacramento, California.

Members at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church in Clifton, New Jersey were attending the service when Pallipurath entered the building. He shot his wife and two others in the vestibule.

Reshma James, 24, had fled her abusive marriage in California for the New Jersey town. She had already filed a restraining order against Pallipurath.

Sunday Pallipurath shot all three victims in the head. A 47-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man are now fighting for their life at St. Joseph’s Medical in Paterson. The shooting took place as about 200 other church members were in the sanctuary. The church is mostly comprised of first-generation Indian immigrants and their children.


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