Shots fired into Saint Matthew Church on Pendleton Street - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shots fired into Saint Matthew Church on Pendleton Street

Bullet hole at the church (Source: WMC Action News 5) Bullet hole at the church (Source: WMC Action News 5)
St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church (Source: WMC Action News 5) St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church (Source: WMC Action News 5)
St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church (Source: WMC Action News 5) St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Bullet hole at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church (Source: WMC Action News 5) Bullet hole at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A bullet went through the back door at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in the 2100 block of Pendleton leaving many unanswered questions Thursday.

Deacon James Smith said they were dismissing from choir rehearsal Wednesday night around 8 when he noticed the bullet hole in the back door of the building.

"We didn't hear anything because music was playing inside, and we wouldn't have been able to hear anything," Smith said.

The church is located in the heart of Orange Mound.

Residents said gang violence has recently plagued the area.

In the wake of the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, the Memphis shooting put neighbors on edge.

Investigators canvassed the community and later issued a statement saying the shooting had no obvious connection to the Charleston shooting.

"There's so much going on in this day and time that it's just a shame that things like that would happen," Smith said.

"People have no reverence for home, family, and the church," St. Matthew's Chief Administrator Willie Slate said. "We don't want people to be in a place of worship and be in fear."

Slate said the shooting is cause for the church to consider increasing security.

"We have come in and left the doors open, but certainly we would want to look at how we could better secure the premises," Slate said.

However, Slate said the shooting will not cause their congregation to stop standing as a beacon in the Orange Mound community.

"The harvest is plenteous and the laborers are few and those of us who are laboring must continue to labor," she added.

Memphis police said this is an ongoing investigation.

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