Greeter injured during church shooting: 'One wrong move and it c - KCTV5

Greeter injured during church shooting: 'One wrong move and it could have been something else'

Posted: Updated:
A church greeter at House of Refuge Family Worship was hit by gunfire and had to be hospitalized on Sunday due to a shooting at the church. (KCTV5) A church greeter at House of Refuge Family Worship was hit by gunfire and had to be hospitalized on Sunday due to a shooting at the church. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A church greeter at House of Refuge Family Worship was hit by gunfire and had to be hospitalized on Sunday morning due to a shooting at the church.

The church is located in the 10800 block of Hillcrest Road.

Kansas City police say the suspect came in through the back door on the western side of the building and fired multiple shots.

The greeter was hit in the head by gunfire, then fell through a window and into the sanctuary during service.

Montell Bruce was the man injured in the shooting and he spoke to KCTV5 News on Sunday. 

He says he intervened when he saw someone draw a gun and he's feeling blessed to be alive. 

"One wrong move and it could have been something else," Bruce said. 

He was greating worshippers like every Sunday when he heard an argument, then saw a man draw a gun. 

"My family was there. My son was there," he said. "I tried to grab him and throw him to the ground. I was trying to get the gun." 

Bruce says he ran, breaking a window to get away, but his intervention likely saved lives. 

"I don't know why I did it," he said. "But I did." 

He was the only person hurt in the shooting. He says he's been at the church about a year, but just started as a greeter a few weeks ago. 

The church posted a statement on their Facebook page: 

Greetings House of Refuge Family and Supporters,

"At this point, you may be aware of the situation that happened at our church today. We gladly acknowledge our pastoral staff and our church’s first responders for acting quickly and responsibly. We are extremely grateful that neither our Pastor D'Eric Fields, nor our church members sustained any life-threatening injuries.

We will continue to work diligently together and with authorities to further ensure the safety of our church family and friends. For further information, and any media inquiries, please contact Tracy Johnson at houseofrefugefwc@gmail.com. Your continued thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

House of Refuge Church Administrator"

Pastor D'Eric Fields posted a Facebook Live on Sunday evening talking about the event: 

Copyright 2017 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.