A greeter at a south Kansas City church was wounded by gunfire during services on Sunday.
Police said the incident happened in the 10800 block of Hillcrest Road. The shooter entered the church and fired multiple times, striking the greeter in the head. The greeter then fell through a window into the sanctuary. The greeter was treated at a hospital for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
The House of Refuge church, 10816 Hillcrest Road, posted on its Facebook page later Sunday.
“At this point, you may be aware of the situation that happened at our church today,” it said. “We gladly acknowledge our pastoral staff and our church’s first responders for acting quickly and responsibly. We are extremely grateful that neither our Pastor D'Eric Fields, nor our church members sustained any life-threatening injuries. We will continue to work diligently together and with authorities to further ensure the safety of our church family and friends.”
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Pastor D’Eric Fields addressed the incident Sunday afternoon on Facebook Live, saying he wanted to dispel rumors and thoughts about what could have happened at the church.
“I know you all have heard about the recent news that took place today at the House of Refuge,” he said. “It’s been a very long day for me. I love each and every one of you.”
A woman who said she was at the service described the incident on Facebook.
“Went to church today with my son...,” Dewynn MzHazeleyez Robinson posted. “I thank God for protecting us today from the shooting that happen inside House of Refuge. Lord I give you all the praise.........p.s church was amazing until that happened I was really feeling the spirit of the Lord.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotine at 816-474-8477.