GLENDALE, Arizona – A religious leader in Arizona is in critical condition after being shot in the head while preaching on a street corner in Glendale. Hans Schmidt, a 26-year-old military medic and father of two, was shot on Wednesday evening while promoting a nearby church service.
The shooting occurred at the intersection of 51st Avenue and Peoria, according to local authorities. Schmidt, who recently moved to Arizona, is now hospitalized in critical condition. “This is a horrible, horrible event. We have a 26-year-old who is a military man who was recently married and has two small children. He’s in a critical state,” said Gina Winn of the Glendale Police Department.
As the outreach director at Victory Chapel, Schmidt regularly preached on the street corner. His church posted an update on his condition, stating that the family is encouraged by his progress and asking for continued prayers.
Witnesses in the area have reported previous instances of hostility towards Schmidt while he was preaching. People passing by would yell hateful comments or curse at him. The owner of a nearby comic shop expressed disbelief over the situation, stating that he always worried about Schmidt being hit by a car but never expected him to be shot.
Authorities are unsure whether Schmidt was targeted or the shooting was a random act of violence at this time. No arrests have been made; the police believe there are additional witnesses who may have information about the incident. They are asking anyone who saw anything or has any relevant details to contact the Glendale Police Department. The investigation is still underway, and investigators are seeking tips and information about the shooting.