Man charged in fatal shooting of 80-year-old retired pastor

CHICAGO -- A man has been charged with fatally shooting a retired pastor.

Police say Ted Merchant, 67, shot 80-year-old Allen Smith after an argument.

The shooting happened early Monday morning at the Senior Suites of Rainbow Beach in the 2800 block of East 77th Street.

The two men were on the back patio of the senior housing complex when Merchant pulled out a gun and shot Smith. Merchant then fled in his motorized wheelchair, but was later arrested.

Merchant faces one count of first degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in Cook County bond court today.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report