Charleston police investigating after bullet holes discovered at James Island church

RAW VIDEO: James Island church damaged by bullet holes
Another bullet hole at the church. (Source: WCSC)
Another bullet hole at the church. (Source: WCSC)
Bethel AME Church on Central Park Road. (Source: WCSC)
Bethel AME Church on Central Park Road. (Source: WCSC)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - According to police, a member of the Bethel AME church on James Island found three holes in the front window of the church that faces Central Park Road, and broken glass in the sanctuary.

Following further investigations, four holes were found instead of the three that had originally been reported.

Police say it appears the damage was from gunshots.

Authorities say the church member said he had been at the church on Monday, but never entered the sanctuary, and was unable to say if the bullet holes had been there at the time.

A Charleston police official spoke with the Reverend of the church and reported that she said no one had been in the church since Sunday at 2 p.m. when the church serve ended.

"The church was unoccupied when this incident occurred and no other vandalism was done to the church," a CPD report states.

According to the official, the Reverend also stated the value of the damaged plexiglass was approximately $4,000. Her estimate was reportedly based on the amount it cost to replace the entire glass after it had been damaged by someone throwing rocks at it a few years ago.

CPD officials say detectives and crime scene investigators canvassed the neighborhood to gather information.

Officers are also patrolling the area during services at the church, according to police.

Charleston police officials say they are coordinating with other law enforcement agencies in this investigation.

Anyone with information can call Consolidated Dispatch at 743-7200 and ask for the on-call Charleston Police detective or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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