Sanford (NC) church congregation robbed at gunpoint; one man shot

Herein lies the problem with the creation of "victim zones" in Ohio, where persons are prohibited from exercising their right to carry:

"Two Sanford men are being held in the Lee County Jail on $100,000 bond each, accused of entering a church service Wednesday night, shooting a parishioner and robbing several others.

Witnesses said they were conducting service when two African-American males entered the church with assault rifles and demanded money.

Most of the parishioners were Hispanic and didn't speak English. Police believe that may have frustrated the suspects, who threw a 5-year-old child across the room.

Witnesses said that one of the suspects shot Starlin. The other suspect assaulted Luis Lopez, hitting him in the mouth with the barrel of his rifle.

Police say the suspects collected cash and ladies' purses, along with other property from the members of the congregation.

According to witnesses, the suspects fired four shots into the church while the congregation was still inside."

Commentary by Chad D. Baus:
North Carolina, a shall-issue state, does not include churches on their list of established victim zones. One wonders how this robbery would have been different had any one of the church's members been a permit holder.

Click here to read the entire story on the WRAL Channel 5 website.

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