A mass shooting narrowly averted in a local house of worship. God was watching out for his congregation, the pastor of Iglesia Ministerio Jesucristo es el Camino church said.
‘Never seen anything like this,’ Jose Ruiz said. A shooter interrupted his Sunday morning worship service. A guy entered the church at 4:45 in the morning in search of his wife.
When no one replied, he became irate since he had a firearm, according to Ruiz. The armed man asked for the congregation’s leader as shots were fired into the ceiling and roughly 40 worshippers scrambled for shelter.
“[He said] I want to kill everybody he said, everybody is scared you know,” Ruiz said.
The guy fired additional bullets into the air when there was still no answer before exiting via the door. About 18 shells were found in the church.
The attack came just a week before the church planned to install new security cameras.
Daniel Natal said he was unaware of the time change and would have attended the pre-dawn service inside. Yet because of his late arrival, he got to see the shooter flee the scene.
“He was walking towards his vehicle, we saw on his left side he was holding a long rifle or a gun,” Natal said.
The pastor said that the shooter finally surrendered to authorities. Invoking Marsy’s Law, Fort Pierce police refused to name the alleged shooter.
Even after the tragic event, later that day’s services continued as scheduled.
It’s a wonder nobody was wounded, according to Ruiz.
God performed the miracle. God is a good God. I thank the Lord, hence I tell everyone in my community to persevere, stated Ruiz.
The investigation is still ongoing, according to Fort Pierce Police, and they are seeking further information.
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