RICHMOND, Calif. (Feb. 15) - Police were seeking a hooded gunman who
horrified the congregation of a San Francisco Bay area church when he
paced the aisles then pulled out a gun and shot two teenagers.
No arrests had been made or suspects named in the Sunday shooting at New
Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in Richmond, police said.
gunman flanked by two companions in hooded sweatshirts walked into the
church, scanned the pews and fired about five shots, hitting a
14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man in front of about 100 people,
Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said.
Charles Miller, a 64-year-old deacon at the church, said members of the
congregation were about to tell the men to take off their hoods when
the shooting began.
"I was listening to the choir and all of a
sudden there was a 'pop pop pop pop pop,'" Miller told the San
Francisco Chronicle. "Everyone hit the floor. I didn't know the
shooting was inside the church at first, until I heard all of the
hollering and screaming."
The 14-year-old was hit in the
shoulder and the 19-year-old was struck in the leg, French said. Both
victims, whose names haven't been released, were hospitalized and were
expected to survive. There were no other injuries.
"It's terrible when you come to the house of the Lord and start doing this," Miller said. "It's just something you don't do."
believe the men were targeting someone in the church but don't know if
the two who were hit were the intended targets, French said.
French said investigators were interviewing witnesses to see if anyone recognized the men.
A handful of congregants returned to the church after police processed the crime scene and finished the service.
went on and had church anyway," Miller told the Chronicle. "We were
giving thanks that nobody was killed. We wanted to go and serve the
The small, off-white two-story church is
surrounded by a red-and white wrought-iron fence in a residential
section of Richmond, a city of 103,000 on the eastern Bay shoreline
north of Oakland and Berkeley.
The city has already seen seven
homicides in 2010, and garnered national attention because of the
alleged gang rape by as many as 10 people of a 16-year-old girl outside
an October homecoming dance at Richmond High School, with as many as 20
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