Sun. Jul 21st, 2024


Four Teenagers in Custody After, At Least, Two Churches are Damaged…One Riddled by Gunfire


Four teenagers, including two juveniles, are being held without bond after the Clearview Church on Highway-E is riddled by gunfire over the weekend in Morgan County.

Sheriff Norman Dills says deputies responded early Saturday morning to a report of shots fired and, upon arrival, discovered spent 9-millimeter shell casings and obvious damage to the church. Reports indicated that more than 50 rounds had been fired into the church. It was also discovered that a church south of Latham, in Moniteau County, and another church in Morgan County were also damaged.

Four suspects were identified with two of them, 18-year-olds Bryce Martin, of Fortuna, and Zachary Stauffer, of Versailles, taken to the Morgan County Jail. They both face pending charges of first-degree property damage and armed criminal action while Martin is also charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Two others, a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old, were taken to the Juvenile Justice Center in Camdenton.

The property damage is being charged as hate crime and the investigation continues.

Reporter Mike Anthony