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SC church service disrupted by shotgun-toting man

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BOILING SPRINGS, S.C (AP) - South Carolina deputies say a shotgun-toting man kicked in a church door, then was disarmed by congregants who saw the armed man coming.

Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies no one was hurt Sunday at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church in Boiling Springs.

Deputies charged 38-year-old Jesse Gates with burglary, disturbing a place of worship, and attempted kidnapping. Officers charged 34-year-old Amanda Gates with providing her brother with the shotgun and driving him to church.

Gloria Gates says her son Jesse has been attending the church for a short time. She says her daughter didn't know Jesse's plans.

Lt. Tony Ivey says congregants spotted Gates approaching across a parking lot and locked the doors. Ivey says when Gates kicked in a side door, a half-dozen members hiding in the wings jumped him.

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