LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) A frightening discovery for the congregation of a Lexington church.
They say they showed up for services only to find someone had fired a shot into the building.
It happened at Quinn Chapel AME church on Charles Avenue near Georgetown Street.
“We have had random shootings like that from summer up until now. It’s not the first time it’s been hit but it is the first time they actually shot through the door into the church,” said Pastor Everett Hobson.
Thankfully no one was inside at the time but the close call has prompted the pastor to speak out and urge the community to rein in these random acts of violence.
“There are a lot of issues so what we as a people have to do is work together,” Hobson told us. “Community policing is going to be the major issue. When they see stuff like this, the community has to get tag numbers, describe the car and do things to be proactive to stop things like this from happening.”
For the short-term fixes, he simply wants peace and security for the neighborhood.
“We have to be more visible and not just the police department but the community too.”
Until then, Hobson plans to work tirelessly to help all parties needed and help bring solutions to turn things around.
“We have to provide opportunities, we have to provide jobs.”
While WKYT was working on this story, the crew on scene actually heard five shots fired while they were in the church’s parking lot--showing just a frequent an incident like this can be.