A pastor at a megachurch with locations across South Carolina died Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while target shooting with a friend in a rural area outside St. Louis.
Darrin Patrick, who lived with his wife and four children in St. Louis, was an author and teaching pastor for Seacoast Church, headquartered in Mount Pleasant.
“We all loved Darrin as an incredible teacher and pastor and for many of us on staff, Darrin was a close friend. This loss is a heavy one for Seacoast and we are going to feel it for a long time,” Seacoast leaders wrote in a letter to their congregation.
As a former chaplain for the St. Louis Cardinals, he was an avid baseball fan. And he was an ardent hunter.
“That’s what led to the tragedy we’ve had right now,” founding pastor Greg Surratt said in an interview with The Post and Courier on Saturday.
The friend Patrick had gone shooting with had seen him reload his gun, according to Surratt. He did not see what happened next that led to Patrick’s death.
“We may never know,” Surratt said.
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