Stray gunfire leaves bullet hole in church during Bible study, police say

Stray gunfire flew through the wall of a Long Beach church Friday night as a Bible study was in session, but nobody was wounded, according to the LBPD.

The shooting happened around 7:50 p.m. on Cherry Avenue near Carson Street, LBPD spokeswoman Stephanie Hall said.

Police did not immediately identify the place of worship that was shot, but someone who answered the phone at Cherry-Carson Assembly of God said it happened there. The person declined to give his name or more information on what happened.

Hall said people inside the church said a bullet came in through the wall. Based on the location of bullet casings at the crime scene, detectives do not believe the place of worship was the intended target, Hall said.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting, and no information on a potential suspect was available, police said.

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