OAKLAND — While a pastor sermonized about the meaning of Christmas on Monday night, his parishioners dove to the floor as a hail of bullets was fired outside the East Oakland church.
The Christmas Eve gunfire wounded a 17-year-old male outside the church. Inside, a 38-year-old woman was struck by a stray bullet while shielding her 7-year-old twins.
Gunfire elsewhere in Oakland killed a man on Christmas Day at 24th and Chestnut streets, the city's 127th homicide of the year.
Both victims in the church shooting sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
The woman was listed in stable condition Tuesday at Highland Hospital with a gunshot wound just under her left armpit, police said.
The gunfire erupted at 9:03 p.m. outside Centro Evangelistico Bethel, a Spanish-speaking church on MacArthur Boulevard, near 82nd Avenue.
Police said the apparent target was the 17-year-old male who had left a liquor store that shares a parking lot with the church. However, several bullets struck the church, and two penetrated the wall, police said.
"When I saw the bullets crossing the wall and people jumping to the ground, I was so scared," Pastor Edvin Salguero said.
As Salguero helped shepherd the 100 or so parishioners, including several crying children, into a backroom, he was summoned to the bathroom, where the female victim had fled.
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- Matthew Artz – Oakland Tribune, Oakland parishioner struck by stray bullet from shooting outside church, mercurynews.com
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