In a video posted to his Facebook page, Pastor Jamal Bryant said he was about 10 minutes into his sermon when “chaos broke out in the sanctuary.”
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“Two men came in our sanctuary in the middle of service and, we believe, unloaded pepper spray — sprayed it on the ground until fumes began to come up,” Bryant said. “People were running out of the sanctuary. People were gasping, people were crying, people were screaming.”
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Those believed to have released the pepper spray were described as two young men wearing hoodies. In a statement, New Birth said the church’s security team is working with DeKalb police to identify the suspects.
“None of our members were injured and we thank the local first responders for promptly addressing this matter,” the church’s statement read. “We have initiated a full-scale review of our security procedures and protocols and we will exhaust ourselves to ensure New Birth remains a safe place to worship and fellowship.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact DeKalb police.
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