One Day After Parishioner Notices Bullet Hole in Church, Gaithersburg Church Hit Again With Bullets

Police investigating the two events as connected


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The New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church on Muncaster Mill Road

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A day after Montgomery County police recovered a bullet fragment near the front door of a Gaithersburg church, gunshots broke out nearby and left fresh bullet fragments in the house of worship.

A parishioner noticed the first bullet hole Wednesday evening when he was leaving the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church, police said. After he called 911, police officers found a bullet fragment in a window frame near the front entrance.

On Thursday night, police came back to the 7401 Muncaster Mill Road church after receiving reports of multiple gunshots nearby. Police said the church “sustained damage” from the apparent gunfire and more bullet fragments were recovered from the structure and multiple shell casings were found close by on Muncaster Mill Road.

No one was injured in either incident.

Police spokesman Officer Rick Goodale said detectives are investigating the two incidents as connected, though church officials and police don’t know when the first bullet hit the church. He said he couldn’t confirm how many bullets struck the building in the second incident.

A phone number listed for New Life was not answered and the church’s pastor could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Police have asked anyone with information to call 240-773-5770 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-TIPS for a reward of up to $10,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

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