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Christmas shooting at church community center

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VINELAND -

A Christmas party at a church hall ended with bullets flying and people fearing for their safety.

"It was so scary. I never experienced nothing like it in my entire life. It was scary," one victim said.

Witnesses describe their Christmas party as a scene of chaos after gun fire burst out at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church Community Center in Vineland.

"I just heard a shot and I was just trying to get out of there," one woman said.

Officials say the shots rang out about 1:15 Wednesday morning. One woman was shot multiple times inside the building. Another woman was shot in the shoulder outside. Both were flown to Cooper Hospital and remain in stable condition.  Another man was shot in the leg. He's been treated and released.

"The shooting just came out of no where and I just got out of there," one witness told NBC 40.

Police say they have no motive yet and believe there was just one shooter.  They do have a person of interest.

This is not the first time this church hall has had problems. According to the church president, there was another shooting several weeks back.

The group holding the party on Christmas was renting the hall and is not affiliated with the church.

Church officials say starting January 1st, metal detectors will be installed and more security will be present.

"We are taking this very seriously, taking extra precautions, who we rent to," church president Elias P. isihos said.

There is a reward of up to $1000 for information regarding this investigation. Police have made no arrests. If you have any information you are asked to call Vineland police or crime stoppers.

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