Man arrested for allegedly shooting at Md. church in 2 separate incidents

Peter Kevin Banfield (Montgomery County Police)

A 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly shooting at a church twice in separate incidents in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Peter Kevin Banfield has been charged with reckless endangerment and destruction of property for discharging a firearm which caused damage to a church on two occasions, according to police.

Investigators say a member of the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church found a bullet hole in a window near the building's front entrance on Nov. 15.

According to police, church members told officers they did not know when the gunshots were initially fired.

A day later on Nov. 16, officers arrived at the church for reported sounds of gunshots. Police say the building was damaged by the shots, and officers recovered shell casings and bullet fragments from the scene of 7401 Muncaster Mill Road.

Authorities later arrested Banfield on Dec. 5.

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