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Attempted church shooting caught on camera during live stream of worship service

Attempted church shooting caught on camera during live stream of worship service

A Pennsylvania pastor thanks God for protecting him Sunday during an attempted shooting that became part of the livestreamed worship service at his church.

The Rev. Glenn Germany of Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock, Pa., said God blocked the attacker’s gun.

“He pulled out the gun; it clicked,” the pastor told WPXI News in Pittsburgh. “You heard him shoot. God blocked the gun so the bullet wouldn’t come out.

Video from the service shows a man walking down the church aisle toward Rev. Germany and brandishing a gun. The pastor took refuge behind the pulpit while a church member attacked the man.

“(Reverend) Germany and congregants then worked together to wrest the weapon from (the man), who was quickly subdued and detained until state troopers arrived,” reported the Associated Press.

Law enforcement has since identified the man with the weapon as 26-year-old Bernard J. Polite. “He faces numerous charges, including aggravated assault and attempted homicide, and was being held without bail Monday at the Allegheny County Jail,” according to the Associated Press.

Polite allegedly told police he thought God wanted him to attack Rev. Germany.

“According to the criminal complaint, Polite admitted to police that he tried to shoot Germany because ‘God told him to’ and that he wanted to go to prison to clear his mind,” Pittsburgh’s WTAE News reported.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program Supports Churches

The attempted shooting at Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in Pennsylvania occurred on the same day that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced an increase in funding available to security-conscious houses of worship.

Churches, along with synagogues, mosques and other places of worship, can now apply to be part of this year’s $400 million nonprofit security grant program to get financial support for improvements of security.

“We are going to maintain funding so that no synagogue or other religious institution has to live in the fear that they live with now,” Schumer said, according to the Associated Press.

Rev. Germany was not asked about the grant program, but he told WPXI News he has no plans to change his church’s approach to security after the incident. He said he plans to keep his church doors open and welcome newcomers.

Likewise, he told the Associated Press that he felt grateful rather than afraid.

“I’m grateful to have woken up this morning and be here. It could have gone in the opposite direction,” the pastor said. “But God intervened and I’m grateful.”