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Baptist pastors called to scene of school shooting

SANTEE, Calif. (BP)–Two Southern Baptist pastors have been called to the scene of a March 5 shooting at a high school near San Diego, Calif.

The shooting took place at Santana High School in Santee, Calif., northeast of San Diego. CNN affiliate KGTV is reporting that five to six people were injured. Authorities said one suspect, apparently a student, is in custody.

“I heard gunfire and then I heard people screaming and everyone was running in, like, a big crowd,” a Santana High School student told KGTV. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Susan Plese said a call came in reporting gunshots and “people down,” but it was unclear how many were hurt or how extensive their injuries were.

Marian Till, an employee of the San Diego Baptist Association, told Baptist Press that two pastors were called out of an association meeting to respond to the shooting.

The pastors, at First Southern Baptist Church Santee and Del Cerro Baptist Church in La Mesa, were asked to counsel students in the aftermath of the shooting.

Both churches minister on a regular basis to the Santana High School student body and a receptionist at First Southern Baptist Church Santee said many students are members of the church.

There was no word on injuries to Southern Baptists who attend the school.

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