Crime & Courts

Charleston police investigating apparent bullet holes at another AME church

Police in Charleston, S.C., are investigating shots fired at a African-American church after receiving a vandalism report.

A member of the Bethel African Methodist Church found four holes in the building’s front window Wednesday morning, according to a statement from Charleston police posted on Twitter. The church member, who is unidentified, also found broken glass inside the building.

Most of our churches are trying to be more vigilant these days.

The Rev. Joe Darby

“It appears the damage was from gunshots. The church was unoccupied when this incident occurred,” the police statement said.

Authorities will patrol the James Island, S.C., area during church services, the statement also said. Bethel is about five miles south of the Emanuel AME Church, where 9 people were slain last month allegedly by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

The Rev. Joe Darby, presiding elder of the AME Church’s Beaufort District, told the Post and Courier none of the AME churches have received threats to his knowledge, but the churches are more alert since the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church last month in Charleston.

“Most of our churches are trying to be more vigilant these days,” Darby told the Post and Courier.