Shots Break Out Near Harlem Church Service

By Ben Fractenberg on August 16, 2011 9:13pm 

Shots rang out on Madison Avenue near East 131st Street where a church service was getting underway on Aug. 16.
Shots rang out on Madison Avenue near East 131st Street where a church service was getting underway on Aug. 16.
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HARLEM — Gunshots broke out near an outdoor church service in Harlem as congregants were arriving to a park on Madison Avenue between East 130th and 131st Streets on Tuesday night, witnesses said.

Two men were brought to Harlem Hospital as a result of the incident, which occurred around 7 p.m., FDNY officials said. Both were expected to survive, fire officials said.

Antonio Johnson, 45, a member of the Kelly Temple Church of God in Christ on East 130th Street, said one of the victims was an innocent bystander, a man in his 70s, on his way to services.

"The shots rang out just when we were getting started," said Antonio Johnson, "Everybody was shocked."

Johnson said the man's leg was grazed and he was not seriously hurt.

The Kelly Temple Church holds services outdoors once a year to help attract a larger audience, Johnson said.

A man at the scene of the incident from the Greater Highway Church of Christ, who said his name was Rev. Williams, said the other victim in the shooting was a 22-year-old man.

Two men were shot on Aug. 16 in Harlem, including one man who was on his way to church services, witness said.
Two men were shot on Aug. 16 in Harlem, including one man who was on his way to church services, witness said.
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