Gunman fires inside South Bend church

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A masked man entered the back door of Kingdom Christian Center on South Bend's northwest side Wednesday afternoon and began shooting. He narrowly missed one of the church members inside.

"We're not going to stop until everyone in this neighborhood feels safe, and everyone in this neighborhood knows that there is a better way," said Pastor Canneth Lee of Kingdom Christian Center.

Pastor Lee is determined to create positive change on South Bend's northwest side after his church on Elwood Avenue was violated by a gunman Wednesday afternoon.

A church member was leaving when the shooter came through the back door and fired two shots at him. Both missed their target.

"Lives are at stake. Thank God nothing happened here," said Pastor Lee.

Upset, but encouraged, Lee wants the shooting to serve as a testament and an inspiration to the work still needed in many of South Bend's neighborhoods.

"We're not scared, we're not backing down," said Lee.

Lee is focused on preaching to those who need it most - saying the rest will come naturally.

"This thing is bigger than me. It's a God-issue, and you can hide from the police, but you can't hide from God," said Pastor Lee.

The shooter's identity is still a mystery.

The church has planned a special service for this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. It will feature South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman with a focus on preventing violence. All are welcome.

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