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Man tells 911: I shot pastor
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NEW: "It was just kind of chaotic," says the pastor's daughter, who was inside the church

Pastor Ronald J. Harris was killed while preaching at his church in Louisiana

Police say the 53-year-old suspect is a deacon at the church

Suspect turned himself in and is being held on $1 million bond, police say

CNN  — 

Bond is set at $1 million for a Louisiana man accused of shooting and killing a church pastor as he preached in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Friday night.

Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested 53-year-old Woodrow Karey, a church deacon, and charged him with second-degree murder after he called 911 and told the dispatcher what he had done, sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Myers said.

Witnesses told police that Karey walked into the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center around 8:20 p.m. and shot Pastor Ronald Harris twice – the first time as Karey entered the church and then again at close range after Harris had fallen to the floor, Myers said.

“It was just kind of chaotic. It was like everybody was everywhere,” Talisha Harris, the pastor’s daughter, told CNN affiliate KPLC.

Karey fled the scene on foot but later called the sheriff’s office and surrendered without incident, Myers said.

During his arrest, Karey directed the deputies to two guns he had discarded in a wooded area. One of the firearms was a shotgun and the other was a pistol, police said. Police have not said which weapon was used to kill the pastor.

Karey has no known criminal history, and the motive for the killing is unknown, police said.

Calcasieu Parish Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory told CNN on Sunday morning there were 50 to 60 witnesses at the church.

Harris, who was inside the church when shots were fired, recalled the type of man her father was.

“He was a strong person, and whatever came his way, he still stood on the word of God. He stood. He never wavered,” she told KPLC, struggling to hold back tears.

“My dad was a great father. He was an awesome grandfather. He was an awesome preacher-teacher. He had a big heart. He loved everybody, wanted to always help,” she said.

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Talisha Harris had seen Woodrow Karey at the Louisiana church where her father preached, but not for about four years.

CNN’s Janet DiGiacomo contributed to this report.