COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The man who killed two people at New Life Church on Sunday afternoon - after killing two others at a missionary school miles away - died from a self-inflicted gunshot after being shot multiple times by a church security guard, an autopsy showed.
Matthew Murray, 24, of Englewood, killed himself with a shot to the head after security guard Jeanne Assam, 42, brought him down with multiple shots from her handgun, a Colorado Springs police spokesman, Lt. Skip Arms, said yesterday.
Autopsy results show Stephanie Works, 18, and Rachael Works, 16, each died from single gunshot wounds to the torso, Arms said. Stephanie Works died at the scene, and her sister at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital.
Murray also wounded the girls' father, David, and two other parishioners. Those injuries were not life-threatening.
The attack at New Life came about 12 hours after Murray opened fire at Youth With a Mission in Arvada 65 miles away, killing Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24, according to a Colorado Springs police affidavit.
Court documents revealed Murray as a would-be missionary who had been kicked out of Youth With a Mission several years ago. His deadly rampages Sunday appeared to have been fueled by a thirst for revenge.
KUSA-TV in Denver reported Monday that Murray warned of the impending rampage in postings on an unidentified Web site.
"You Christians brought this on yourselves," Murray wrote on a Web site for people who have left Pentecostal and fundamentalist religious groups, KUSA reported.