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New York: Nov. 24, 2008, The police said:

  • Joseph has confessed to the killings and said he would have killed all the worshipers if he had had a machine gun.
  • He he had fled by bus after the shootings at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church.
  • Joseph blame the Indian community for the breakup of his marriage to Reshma James, whom he wed in India a year ago.
  • The detectives from Clifton would go to Georgia to return Mr. Pallipurath to New Jersey for prosecution on two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of domestic violence.
  • A gun matching that description was found in a garbage can in a public parking lot where Mr. Pallipurath’s green Jeep was parked.
  • After the killing his wife, he parked the car in Clifton, took a taxicab to Manhattan and boarded a southbound bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. He was arrested in Monroe after a motel clerk recognized his face from a photograph.

New York: Nov. 24, 2008, 11.58pm: NRI Joseph Pallipurath has been arrested around mid night in Monroe, east of Atlanta.

Sacramento NRI opened fire and killed his wife & church director in New Jersey church


Clifton, New Jersey, Nov. 24, 2008
Parveen Choudhry

NRI Joseph Pallipurath of Sacramento, California, 27, opened fire inside a crowded church in Clifton, New Jersey, on Sunday, November 23, 2008, and killed his estranged wife, Reshma James, 27. Two other people suffered gunshot wounds in the violence. Reshma died about four hours after she was shot about 11.00am.

The director Dennis John Malloosseril, 23, tried to intervene in the shooting, was shot at point-blank range, died of head wounds suffered, last night, leaving one survivor, Perincheril who is in extremely critical condition. Another witness said Mallosseril was trying to break up an argument between Joseph Pallipurath and James and Pallipurath opened fire with a handgun.

According to the police, Joseph Pallipurath fled the scene immediately after the shooting in a green convertible Jeep. He had driven all the way from Sacramento in California in his green Jeep Wrangler, a black soft top.

In 2007, Joseph and Reshma were married in an arranged marriage in India. The couple lived in Sacramento, California. According to one relative, he was abusive and beating her. She had moved to New Jersey and staying with relatives near Clifton. She had taken out a restraining order in both California and New Jersey against Pallipurath.

According to the police, Pallipurath drove from California to Clifton, New Jersey, to try and force James to return home with him.

Joseph Pallipurath's father Mathai Pallipurath who lives in Sacramento said:

  • His son is a a nice guy. He should surrender himself.
  • They had been happy life together.
  • He had not seen his daughter-in-law since the family made a trip to India in September. She stayed behind in Kerala State when he and his son returned to the United States. He said they had sent her a plane ticket to return in early October, but they had not heard from her and he had been unaware she was back in the U.S. according to AP

James Avigliano, Prosecutor said the search for the suspect, Joseph M. Pallipurath, focused on Georgia, where he has relatives, Passaic County. He is considered armed and dangerous, police said



Joseph Pallipurath killed wife Reshma James