MILWAUKEE — Worshipers stepped out of Reformation of Holiness Church on Sunday only to find themselves nearly in the middle of a gunfight.
According to the church overseer, Bishop Henry Kilpatrick, the congregation first heard gunfire up the street. When they popped out to see what had happened, the shootout had reached the church at 21st and Chambers.
He said it was men in two cars shooting at each other.
“There’s a lot of kids in the area. And I’m just thanking God that no one got shot today,” said Kilpatrick. “Because they could have, the way the bullets were flying.”
Kilpatrick said this was one of several shootings on the block this weekend, but it was by far the worst. Investigators marked off at least 17 shell casings, the closest just feet from the church’s stoop.
Police have yet to release any information about their investigation. Kilpatrick claims it took officers more than an hour to respond. TMJ4 News has asked police to share their response time.
Kilpatrick and his late wife, Rose Kilpatrick, founded Reformation of Holiness 24 years ago. Now retired, Kilpatrick’s second wife Alice, leads Sunday services.
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