Man shot near midtown Sacramento church after leaving Bible study

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- Sacramento police are investigating a shooting near a midtown church.

One person was wounded when gunfire rang out near Bayside Church on 19th and V streets, according to police.

A spokesperson with the church told FOX40 a man had just left Bible study when he saw a fight going on across the street. When he tried to intervene, a woman started shooting and a bullet struck him.

"She pulled out a gun. My friend Ray got shot, so we went toward the scene and we pulled him to the parking lot behind the car. So, he would be safe, and she's still firing," witness Ernie Heath said. "He got shot in the butt. He will be OK, but he was more worried about his kids cause they were also inside the church."

The man was hospitalized and is expected to be OK, according to the church representative.

Bayside Church member Lando Matthews says he called 911 after he heard gunshots and saw someone being dragged by another person.

"It's just kind of surprising cause were at church, so it kinda threw me off a little bit," Matthews said.

Witnesses say the incident began when the man punched the woman and told her to go get a gun.


By just before 8 p.m., Sacramento police said a female suspect had been detained after hiding in a nearby house. The suspect has been identified as 51-year-old Charlene Messinger, according to the police officials. Officials said Messinger was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the main jail.

Charlene Messinger, 51.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Police Department.

Officials say three people were detained in connection with the shooting.

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