Kansas City church greeter is shot in the head, while welcoming church, police say

A church greeter was shot Sunday while welcoming parishioners at a church in the south of Kansas City, Mo., according to the police.

The suspect went to the House of Refuge Worship church through a rear door and fired multiple shots, police said.

Greeter Montell Bruce was hit in the head, but his injury was not life-threatening, authorities said.


Bruce told KCTV5 that he was stepped on after he saw someone pulls a gun during a dispute. He said that he tried to get the gun and throw the suspect to the ground. Eventually, the suspect ran and fell through a window to escape.

Bruce was the only person wounded in the shooting.

“We are pleased to recognize our pastoral staff and our church to be first responders for acting quickly and responsibly,” the Home of the Family Resort said in a Facebook post. “We are very grateful that neither our Pastor D’Eric Fields, nor the members of the church sustained any life-threatening injuries.”

In a Facebook Live video, Fields, described Bruce as a leadership team and one of the “my right hand men.”

“He was grazed on his head, and in the time of the recording, to protect the people in the church, and I thank God for him,” Fields said.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and the suspect is not yet in custody, authorities told Fox 4 KC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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