Daingerfield church shooting

Deaths 5
Location Daingerfield, Texas, United States
Injured 11 (including the perpetrator)
Date June 22, 1980
Perpetrator Alvin Lee King III


The Daingerfield church shooting was a mass murder that occurred at the First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas, United States on June 22, 1980. Alvin Lee King III, 45, a former high school teacher, armed with a scoped, semi-automatic AR-15-type derivative, an M1 carbine, and two revolvers, killed five people and wounded 10 others, after members of the church had declined his request to appear as character witnesses in a trial in which he was charged with raping his daughter. King was arrested after shooting himself and charged with five counts of murder and ten counts of attempted murder, but committed suicide in his prison cell on January 19, 1982, before he could be tried.


  • Gene Gandy, 50
  • Gina Linam, 7
  • J.Y. "Red" McDaniel, 49
  • Thelma Richardson, 78
  • Kenneth Truitt, 49

Additionally, Arthur Greaves, 69, Robert Jack Dean, 56, and Laverne McDaniel were injured during the shooting.