Preacher Shot in Face

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities in Alabama have arrested a man accused of shooting a west Alabama preacher who survived a gunshot to the face after driving himself about 15 miles to a hospital in Columbus, Miss.

Earnest Freeman Pruitt, 48, was taken into custody Tuesday night in Reform, Ala.

Pickens County Sheriff David Abston said Pruitt allegedly shot the Rev. Richard McKay during an argument over money late Tuesday afternoon at the site of his new church near Ethelsville, Ala.

A single bullet from a small caliber gun struck McKay in the face, near his nose. A hospital spokeswoman said McKay was kept overnight and discharged Wednesday afternoon.

Pruitt faces one count of first-degree assault and is being held at the Pickens County Jail.

The sheriff said he had worked with McKay for several weeks on the construction of the church in the Tabernacle community. The small community is about five miles from the Mississippi state line.

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