Man shot in church parking lot

Gunshots shattered a peaceful July evening Monday, with yet another act of gun violence in the city.

A man was shot at 6 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., in what police are calling a “domestic disturbance.” The victim’s injuries were severe; however, he was conscious and able to speak prior to being transported to a trauma center via medical helicopter, police said.

“The victim has pretty significant injuries,” city police Chief Gregory Foresman said.

Police have one “person of interest” in custody but had not reported an arrest as of press time Monday.

“This is a pretty packed residential neighborhood and many people had just gotten home from work. We have lots of questions for witnesses who may have seen the event,” Foresman said.

“I am sure it was a terrifying scene, especially in a church parking lot right here in a packed neighborhood,” he added.

Though the investigation is in its early stages, Foresman was confident that the aggressor was in custody.

“This was not a random event; these people knew each other,” Foresman said.

It is the third shooting in the city this month, one of 10 that have taken place this year. The rise in gun crime has worried both police and residents.

“I don’t know what to think. People are so quick to pull out a gun. If this is the way we resolve our problems, then this is becoming a sad world,” Foresman said.

One witness told the Sun-Gazette that the alleged shooter was a woman, who, after firing several shots at the man, jumped on top of him and pistol-whipped him after she ran out of bullets.

The witness said she believed the victim may have been shot while on a bike.

Police confirmed the shooting started in the church parking lot and continued on Newberry Street.

Sun-Gazette reporter Philip A. Holmes contributed to this story.