On Sunday morning, August 14, 2017, two gunmen wearing bandanas ran towards a church shooting and killing two men.
In Chicago, Emmanuel Flemming and Michael Swift were killed walking up the steps of South Austin’s Friendship Baptist Church.
Flemming was an usher at the church and was taking his three kids to church, who are all under the age of 10. Swift who was not a member of the church was only visiting.
According to witnesses, the gunmen ran from a gas station across the street and began opening fire on the church. Flemming’s yelled for his kids to take shelter inside of the church.
At that time the church was in the midst of its praise and worship when Fleming’s children came running through the doors of the church.
When the sound of the bullets could be heard, the congregation hit the floor for protection. A senior member recalling the incident remembers hearing the Fleming kids cry, “I want my dad!”
Flemmings was rushed to Stroger Hospital while Swift was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Rev. Reginald Bachus was shocked by the event and told the Chicago Tribune, “It’s just hard for me to believe that something like this could happen on a Sunday morning. Two young men on their way to church…I think that’s the hardest part for me to grasp.”
According to officials, the gunmen got away in a silver or gray SUV and headed South.
The Chicago Police Department is diligently working to find and arrest the two gunmen according to Deputy Chief Al Nagode.
The church says they will likely hold a vigil.
(Source: Chicago Tribune)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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