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Church Arming Themselves for Community's Safety

4 months 1 week 1 day ago Wednesday, May 08 2019 May 8, 2019 May 08, 2019 4:47 PM May 08, 2019 in News - Local

BROWNSVILLE – A Brownsville church is stationing armed people at mass after the number of attempted shootings increase in the U.S.

The Central Christian Center has anywhere from 200 to 300 full seats on Sundays.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to the minister of the church, Lance Hostetter.

"I started preaching over 20 years ago and this wasn't a concern and I think it’s just a symptom of our culture today," says Minister Hostetter.

Last week, a suspicious man walked into mass with a duffel bag; the church quickly found out he wasn’t a threat.

Minister Hostetter says there were tense moments that left everyone feeling uneasy.

Brownsville Detective, Melissa Gonzalez, urges everyone to know the law before trying to take matters into their own hands.

"You’re going to be responsible for every shot that comes out of that firearm," she says.

For more information watch the video above.

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