Investigation underway after bullet pierces window of Providence church


PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a Providence church was hit by several bullets over the weekend.

Officers responded to the Open Table of Christ Church on Broad Street late Sunday morning after an employee discovered a bullet had pierced one of the building’s windows, according to police.

That bullet was found lodged into the wall of the church’s library. Police said two more rounds hit the exterior of the brick building while another struck a nearby dumpster.

Pastor Sunmin Cho said the bullet hole in the window wasn’t discovered until after Sunday’s service had ended.

“We had a very nice and beautiful service,” he said. “It was after the service, when we were exiting our sanctuary, that one person noticed that there was a crack in the window.”

Cho said he’s unsure exactly when the shooting occurred, adding that the time frame spans from Oct. 16 through Sunday morning.

“I have just no idea when it actually happened,” Cho said.

Cho said he hopes Providence residents will come together to put an end to the ongoing violence that’s plaguing the city.

“No matter how strong the violence or how rampant it is, we raise our voices stronger and more loudly,” he said.

Police said no shell casings were recovered at the scene, but a piece of flattened lead was found and photographed as evidence. No injuries were reported.

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