Charleston County authorities are investigating after members of Payne Church at 1560 Camp Road on James Island discovered a bullet hole in the front door this morning when they arrived for Sunday services.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, but no suspects in the vandalism have been identified or apprehended. Payne Church, formerly Payne RMUE Church, has a predominantly African-American congregation.
Authorities have yet to determine if the incident is related to the gunshots fired into two other predominantly black churches on James Island in July. At least nine bullet holes were discovered at James Island United Congregational Church at 1890 Central Park Road on July 23. The day before, four bullet holes were found in the main window of the sanctuary at Bethel AME Church at 1827 Central Park Road.,
If you have any information relating to this incident, call dispatch at 743-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.