Two Hurt in Attack Near Oakland Church

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland police say an attacker began shooting outside a church on Christmas Eve, wounding a parishioner and a teenager.

The Oakland Tribune says gunfire erupted shortly after 9 p.m. Monday outside Centro Evangelistico Bethel in East Oakland. Police say a 17-year-old was fired on as he left a liquor store that shares a parking lot with the church in a high-crime area.

Two bullets penetrated the wall of the church, where a pastor was giving a sermon about the meaning of Christmas. A 38-year-old woman was wounded as she shielded her 7-year-old twins. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

Pastor Edvin Salguero says he helped shepherd about 100 other parishioners, including crying children, into a back room.

The 17-year-old also was hit. Both victims are expected to survive.


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