The incident occurred at 51st Avenue and Peoria during Schmidt’s gospel proclamation and promotion of a nearby church service.
Hans Schmidt, a 26-year-old military medic and Christian father of two, is in critical condition after being shot in the head while preaching on a Glendale street corner in Arizona
Gina Winn from the Glendale Police Department described it as a “horrible event” and emphasized Hans Schmidt’s critical state. The Victory Chapel, where Hans Schmidt served as outreach director, posted an encouraging update on his condition, urging continued prayers.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with authorities seeking tips to identify the assailant. It remains unclear whether Hans Schmidt was targeted or if the attack was random. Glendale police are appealing to the public for information, believing some witnesses can help solve the case. The busy intersection where the incident transpired provides hope for leads, as public information officer Gina Winn stated, “There were people within the area. Vehicles were driving within the area, so we believe there is somebody within the Valley that does know something about what happened.”
Witnesses reported verbal abuse towards Schmidt
Witnesses in the vicinity reported instances of verbal abuse directed at Hans Schmidt during his preaching. No arrests have been made yet, but the Glendale Police Department stressed the importance of public cooperation to bring justice to Hans Schmidt and his family. The community, shocked by the incident, is now considering extra precautions and heightened awareness of their surroundings in response to the tragic shooting.