Deacon Says Bullet Was Fired Into Door Of Memphis Church

Posted at 6:38 AM, Jun 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:53:22-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a shooting after a bullet went through the back door of a Memphis church.

Multiple news outlets report a deacon at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church spotted the bullet Wednesday.

Deacon James Smith says churchgoers were leaving a choir rehearsal around 8 p.m. when he noticed the bullet hole. He says the choir didn't hear anything because music was playing.

The church is in the heart of Orange Mound, where residents said gang violence has plagued the area.

In the wake of the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, the Memphis shooting put neighbors on edge.

Investigators canvassed the community and later issued a statement saying the shooting had no obvious connection to the Charleston shooting.

Memphis police said this is an ongoing investigation.

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