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1 shot at Birmingham church

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A church built with and for the homeless is now a crime scene.

Officers are looking for a man who shot another man at the Church of the Reconciler in the 1100 block of 14th Street North around 10 a.m.

Mornings at the church are a busy time with breakfast, services and shuttles coming and going to social services. It was a routine day until people heard those shots.

Police believe this started over money. Investigators say one of the men pointed the gun at another man in the church and said, “Give me what you owe me."

The two men ended up outside where shots were fired. Those inside did not see what happened. There are two bullet holes visible in the church building's walls.

In fact, no one knew anyone was injured until a man was dropped off by a private vehicle at St. Vincent’s Hospital an hour later.

Senior Pastor Matt Lacey says they have heard several versions of what happened. He added the church is reviewing their safety and security.

"A ministry like this, you never know who is coming in the building. We try our best, if we see an argument, to step in and defuse it to escort them out of the building, but unfortunately things like this can happen anywhere and it happened here this morning," Lacey said.

The victim suffered a minor injury to his shoulder.

The investigation continues.

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