“We are absolutely security conscious, between our security team and ensuring that we have adequate camera coverage and lighting in front of the parish. We will do our best to make sure whoever did this is prosecuted,” he told CNA.
Although the bullet fractured an exterior window, it did not pierce a stained glass window behind it.
The church’s custom doors were recently completed at a cost of $75,000. The deacon described L’Assomption as a “very, very old parish”. The parish church was first dedicated in 1912, although the structure has undergone several renovations and expansions incorporating the original building.
Johnson estimated the damage at around $75,000.
The parish church is on the same grounds as Assumption School, which serves approximately 130 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The shooting did not affect the school, as the school year has not yet started.
“Hopefully it will be limited to a late night incident,” Johnson said. “We will take the highest safety precautions for the school, as we always do.”
Although the parish wants the perpetrator brought to justice, the parish prays for his attacker.
“We pray for everything that happens in the life of the person who did this,” the deacon said. “The parish is there for them.
CNA has reached out to the Adams County Sheriff for comment, but has not received a response as of press time Monday.