Gunfire erupts during Wednesday night church services - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Gunfire erupts during Wednesday night church services

Paramedics working to save 61-year-old Joe Morris after he's shot in the chest. Paramedics working to save 61-year-old Joe Morris after he's shot in the chest.
Members of the Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport gather after shooting. Members of the Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport gather after shooting.
Joe Morris, 61 Photo courtesy of JoAnne Carter (his twin sister) Joe Morris, 61 Photo courtesy of JoAnne Carter (his twin sister)

by Tania Francois

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A 61-year-old man is recovering at LSU Medical Center after being shot outside of a Shreveport church. Joe Morris was shot in the chest area police say it was by a Mt. Canaan Baptist Church security guard.  The church was in the middle of it's Wednesday night services. Reports are conflicting as to whether or not Morris made it inside of the sanctuary but police say he was shot in the parking lot and collapsed down the street from the church just outside of his home.

Joanne Carter, Morris' sister, says he's an army veteran who is disabled. She says he has a thing for going into churches and dancing. Saying "when he starts his little act, he has a little ceremonial dance that he does and some times we feel that it's in appropriate and we just move him physically and he goes on." 

Shreveport police chief Henry Whitehorn says Morris charged the guard and was even carrying a weapon of some type. "He had an object wrapped up in his jacket that he was using in a threatening manor."

So far police have not charged the guard but say the investigation is on going.
Meanwhile, Morris is expected to recover. They say he was talking to police and paramedics on the way to the hospital.

His sister meanwhile says she doesn't blame the church nor the guard for having to act the way they did.

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