CMPD Looking for Suspect Who Fired Shots into Church

June 29, 2011 From

By GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 –

June 29, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying to find the person who shot into a West Charlotte church Tuesday just before 11:30 in the morning.

The incident happened on Campus Street at the Gethsemane AME Zion Church.

35 people were inside at the time of the incident, most of them senior citizens.

“It went through the hall through two doors it shot through the window”, said a 79 year old woman who did not want to be identified.

She was in the church at the time participating in the senior lunch program.

“I heard a loud noise, but I thought something fell in the fellowship hall. What did it sound like? It was like a pop, it was a loud pop.”

No one was injured, but officers said the path of the bullet was close enough to some people that a few feet made a difference.

The 89 year old father of Janice Morris was in the church. She was stunned by the news.

“The picture that came to mind was him walking through the door and going down. It could have been him.”

Police are trying to determine who fired the shot and why, but they have not been able to make an arrest.

“They should put him away I think so he won’t shoot through nothing else”, said the 79 year old.

Police believe this was a stray bullet, because they have not been able to find anyone who was outside and saw or heard anything.

They said it was not a rifle round, but something that came from a large caliber handgun.

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