Masked Gunman Walks Down Sacramento Church Aisle During Funeral, Shoots Victim

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SACRAMENTO — Police are searching for a masked man they say walked into a Sacramento church and started shooting during a funeral service.

Sacramento police report an unidentified, masked man walked into First Church of God on 58th Street just before noon and opened fire.

One person at the funeral service was shot twice in the leg and hospitalized. The victim’s condition has not been reported.

It was a chaotic scene outside after bullets went flying inside the church.

“You’re shocked. You don’t know what to think,” said neighbor Joe Ferris.

Ferris was like many living in the community who came home to crime scene tape on their normally quiet street.

“My wife saw the police cars and then I saw it on the internet what had happened,” Ferris told FOX40.

Surveillance image provided by: Sacramento Police Department

A motive behind the shooting has not been reported but Sacramento Police Sgt. Matthew McPhail reports the shooter appeared to only target the one funeral attendee.

“The individual that was struck may have been targeted within the group of people in the church,” McPhail said.

According to the police department, one person was detained following the shooting but released after witnesses could not identify him as the suspect.

“We were directed by passersby and neighbors towards an individual that they thought was of interest,” Sgt. McPhail said.

The pastor of the church, who was out of town at the time of the shooting, spoke to FOX40 over the phone. He said the church will sometimes rent the building out to local funeral homes for services.

“We rent our facility out periodically to a funeral home called Evergreen and that’s what we had done this day when the incident took place,” said Pastor Jeff Mugford.

There were over 100 people inside the church at the time, according to McPhail.

“It’s very disappointing and upsetting but very isolated. We’ve never had anything like this happen in the 75 plus years of the history of this church,” Mugford said.

McPhail reports a number of schools in the area were placed on lockdown at the time of the shooting but those lockdowns have since been lifted.

Stay with FOX40 as a reporter gathers more updates from the scene.


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