The wife and daughter of former Decatur First United Methodist Church pastor Terry Greer were wounded in an incident at their home in Gardendale on Thursday afternoon.
An unidentified man also was injured.
Two persons were shot and a third stabbed at the Greer residence, according to Gardendale police reports.
Personnel at University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital said Lisa Greer and her daughter Suzanna Greer had been admitted but declined further information.
Gardendale police were investigating a shooting and stabbing, according to WSFA.com. It reported that a neighbor called police after hearing a gunshot at the residence. Upon arrival, police found two females shot and a male, considered a suspect in the case, stabbed.
First Methodist pastor emeritus Charles Boling said late Thursday he had heard “very little” about the incident, but it was his understanding that Terry Greer, his wife and his daughter were taken for surgery.
Authorities revealed that all three of the injured lived at the residence but did not provide names or ages.
Greer left Decatur in June after the North Alabama Conference reassigned him to Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.
The Methodist Northwest Alabama District instructed active ministers not to talk to the media about the incident.
The Gardendale church sent this statement to its congregation:
“This afternoon your church staff has watched and listened as stories have appeared in local media and word has spread around the community regarding the tragedy involving Pastor Terry Greer and his family.
“The Bishop and the Conference are being proactive in helping us as a church to cope with this tragedy. Tomorrow, Rev. Sherry Ferguson, a licensed counselor with United Counseling, will be available from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. to meet with anyone who needs to speak with her about this tragedy in our faith community.
“Check in at the church office and we can direct you to her location. Please be in prayer for the Greer family and our church.”
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