2 hospitalized after BB gun shooting at Rochester church’s soup kitchen

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital after a BB gun shooting at a downtown church.

Rochester police officers responded to the soup kitchen run by Christ Church Wednesday after a suspect became involved in an altercation with someone.

Police officials say the suspect took out a BB gun and shot the victim in the upper body. A second victim attempted to intervene, and was also shot in the upper body, according to authorities.

Both victims were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Church leaders say the man was already agitated before he got into a fight with staff. They say the man has come in a number of times before and has been known by police to carry weapons.

“This is not our worst nightmare because this was a BB gun and the people who were injured were okay. But I think it opens the door into what could have been the real nightmare that someone could have died,” said Ruth Ferguson, Pastor at Christ Church.

Pastor Ferguson went on to say the man won’t be allowed to come back, but the reason they have the ministry is to help those in need and as downtown church, they are aware of the risks.

Police say the suspect is in custody, charges haven’t been announced.

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