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Upstate church members review security in wake of GA shooting

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Rodney Neely goes over security at Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church in Mauldin. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) Rodney Neely goes over security at Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church in Mauldin. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
MAULDIN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate church's security team is reviewing its safety measures after a fatal shooting in College Park, GA Wednesday morning.

Witnesses said the sound of gunshots drowned out prayers during bible study at World Changers Church International in the Atlanta suburb. Investigators said one man was shot and killed.

And back in March, deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said a man tried to break into Southside Free Will Baptist church during service with a shotgun. Investigators arrested him after a church member pulled a gun, then held him there.

And although nothing like that has ever happened at Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church in Mauldin, church members said security measures are in place as a precaution.

"Whether you're a church with 10 members or a church with 10,000 members you're not immune," Rodney Neely said.

Neely owns a safety and security consulting firm. He teaches church members and those in organizations about safety. He's also a member of the safety and security ministry at Reedy River.

"Churches should make sure that you have the right people in place that are properly trained to react or handle any situation that may occur," Neely said.

And while he secured the church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Antwion Yowe prayed for healing.

"Leviticus 19:17 tells us not to despise our brothers in our heart," Yowe said.

He said God wants us to resolve conflict peacefully.

"He says that if we have a problem against a brother, then we are to go to that brother," Yowe said.

Although the security team can't reveal what specific security measures are in place at the church, Neely said he's not opposed to designate members of the security team carrying guns on church grounds for safety.

He said guns should only be used by those who have permits and are designated and trained to use them properly. Neely said it also should be used as a last resort.

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