Cleveland priest says he was shot at by teens trying to steal eggs

Cleveland priest says he was shot at by teens trying to steal eggs

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest in Cleveland says two teenagers shot at him three times as they tried to rob him of the eggs he had just retrieved from the church chicken coop.

The Rev. John Kumse says the teens ambushed him Monday night after he closed up the coop at St. Mary's Church. He says they demanded the eggs then chased him across the church parking lot, firing twice and missing. Kumse says he fell and one of the teens fired a third shot from close range, but missed again.

He says the teens ran off and jumped into a minivan when a neighbor came out and turned on a light.

Police arrested three juveniles in connection with the case Tuesday.

"As a long-time parishioner of St. Mary's, I am absolutely disgusted and outraged by the attack on Father Kumse," said Cleveland Councilman Michael Polensek. "The predators who laid in wait for him are, in my opinion, the lowest form of life. I am going to diligently track this case to make sure these low-lives are prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law. Meanwhile, I am calling on the Jackson Administration to deploy more police patrols in our neighborhoods. There is no greater deterrent to crime than basic patrols moving through our neighborhoods, aided by the ears and eyes of our citizens."

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