He was shot Sunday during mass at St. James Catholic Church in Ogden.
Evans remains in critical condition at McKaydee Hospital and doctors say he should be able to pull through.
The alleged shooter was Evan's son-in-law, Charles Ricky Jennings. He was arrested in Northern Utah several hours later.
According to the parish priest Ricky Jennings walked in late for Sunday's service. It was also father's day and Jennings came with his wife, Cheryl. The couple were headed to where Evans and his wife were, in the back pews of the church.
"I saw Ricky come into the church, says Father Eric Richsteig. "I looked down and then I heard the gunshot. One guy ducked behind the altar and when I looked up he was out of the church."
Evans was shot in the head and church members scrambled. Others came to the aid of Evans who was still breathing. His wife Tara was sitting next to him. At a press conference she says her husband moved at the last minute.
"He turned his head just at the right time," says Tara Evans who is also a nurse. "If he didn't turn his head, he would have been shot in the back of the head and he would have been dead."
Doctors at McKaydee Hospital say Evans is improving.
"He remains critical this morning but he's made steady progress and he is communicating with us," says Doctor Barbara Kerwin. "There is no brain damage."
Police say Jennings took off after the shooting, carjacked a vehicle but was caught a few hours later in Box Elder County.
"The vehicle ran out of gas and was located on mile marker 32 off of I-84," says Lt. Danielle Croyel of the Ogden police department. "He was on foot."
Father Richsteig says the incident inside a sacred building is very disturbing. He says children and adults were in attendance and either heard or saw the aftermath.
"People were rattled," he says. "I know it was for me."
But the priest says he doesn't want to focus on the evil that entered his parish. Instead he wants to take care of his flock.
"Our focus has to be in Jim, not on the guy who did this but on the people who were hurt," he says. "They are a mess. They were worshiping God and this man came in and did an act of violence."
Police aren't sure of a motive but claim there is a history of domestic violence that includes Jennings, his wife and Evans.
A neighbor of Jennings says there was friction between Evans and Jennings.
"Very bitter it seemed like," says the neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "There was quite a dispute because the father in law was making payments and was trying to get his daughter in a better situation."
He claims Evans was paying the monthly mortgage on the townhouse that Jennings and his wife were living in.
Evan's daughter was still in the North Ogden home when ABC4 Utah talked with her.
When asked if she was present during the shooting she responded: "Does it matter? I don't want to talk about it. It was pretty hard. I don't want to talk about it."
She refused all inquiries about the relationship between her father and her husband.
"Unless you have a cigarette, I am going to shut the door," Cheryl Jennings said.
Last fall North Ogden police came to the townhouse on a domestic violence call. ABC 4 filed a gramma request of the police report and it lists Jennings as a "white supremacist" gang member.
According to police: "I received a report from the Division of Child and Family Services in regards to a possible domestic violence related child abuse. The report said Charles (Ricky) and Cheryl's child was present during some of the incidents. The report said the last time Charles hit Cheryl was on October 8th, 2012. The report said (child) witnessed the physical altercation during the incident. The report said Charles (Ricky) uses heroin but not in (child's) presence.
But as police continued to investigate the case they received a phone call from a female "that identified herself as Cheryl. Cheryl said she lied to me (police) earlier in the day and need to tell me the truth. Cheryl said Charles never slapped her and the incident never took place. Cheryl said she originally lied to the South Salt Lake Shelter would take her in.
Police did not pursue the case any further and closed the investigation.
But Ogden police say the couple have lived in several locations throughout northern Utah and believe there has been other incidents of domestic violence.
"The motive is still unclear," says Lt. Danielle Croyel of the Ogden police department. "We do believe there's been some domestic violence problems that did expand into the extended family."
Jennings remains in the Weber County jail where he was booked in on attempted aggravated homicide, aggravated robbery and illegally possessing a hand gun.