Augusta church reports gunshots fired through window

| February 21, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Members of a well-known Augusta congregation are a little shaken up this evening after a gunman fired shots through a window of their church this weekend. Now leaders at the United House of Prayer are calling for change in their community.

A church is usually thought of as a place of peace and refuge. Now, bullet holes at the United House of Prayer show even they are not immune to violence in our community. "One, two, three," David Collins points out the bullet holes. "Four, five, six, seven." They were fired into a back window of the United House of Prayer Saturday night, shattering the glass and hitting the bathroom walls inside. Some bullets are still lodged in the window frame.

"We don't know if it was meant for the building but it hit the building, unfortunately," Elder Collins explains. He tells News 12 earlier in the night they were giving out clothes to families and children in the community when they heard sirens near the church. He says deputies were headed to reports of a shooting nearby. Collins believes that shooting was connected to the one at their church.

"We knew something was wrong when we saw three police cars flying like they were on a race track. We knew something was wrong." It wasn't until Sunday morning that another elder, Mr. Stewart, noticed the broken window and bullet holes in the back of the church.

They say those gunshots hit way too close for comfort. Collins questions,"What was your message to the community for this shooting?"


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