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Forest Acres Police address Sunday shooting during church service

Published: Aug. 26, 2019 at 7:04 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - One day after the community was rocked by a shooting at a church during a worship service, police discussed the case during a press conference.

Sunday around 6:15 a.m., a gunman entered the Centro Cristiano De Columbia Church during services and demanded money.

“Why pick this group?” Chief Gene Sealy said. “We think maybe he was familiar with this church and knew there would be some people there so it would be an easy opportunity for him.”

The suspect fired into the air and shot one of the church members before fleeing from the church in a car. He left with an undetermined amount of money.

The church member who was shot is in critical but stable condition.

“He is not close to being out of the woods from what we were told,” Chief Sealy said. “We saw his hospital staff late this morning and he has a long ways to go.”

At this point, police have not announced any arrests. RCSD, SLED and the Columbia Police Department are assisting in the investigation.

Officers are also reviewing surveillance videos from business in the area.

The suspect is expected to face armed robbery and attempted murder charges.

Chief Sealy addressed the media at 3 p.m. Monday about the case. You can watch a stream of the press conference below.

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