Alabama church shooter was once convicted of DUI in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – As media try to find out more about the man charged with shooting three older members of an Alabama church, they’ve found a Chattanooga connection.
70 year old Robert Findlay Smith is charged with shooting and killing people at a Boomers Potluck last week at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia.
Police now say Smith was sitting alone, when a church member invited him to join them at their table.
They say after refusing, he pulled a gun and began shooting at the 25 people at the dinner.
A church member knocked him down with a chair and got the gun away from him.
But he had already killed three people ranging in age from 75-84.
Al.com reports that Smith was actually a licensed gun dealer, selling out of his house.
He did not have a history of violent encounters, but there was one DUI offense in Chattanooga.
In 2005, he was charged with DUI and possession of a handgun while intoxicated.
He pleaded guilty to the DUI and paid a fine. The gun charge was dropped.