3 teens charged for shooting at, robbing Cleveland priest

3 teens charged for shooting at, robbing Cleveland priest
Fr. John Kumse, 65, of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, testified against three teens who allegedly shot at him last December during a robbery. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Three teenagers have been charged for ambushing and shooting at a Cleveland priest this past December.

The teens have been charged with:

  • attempted murder
  • felonious assault
  • aggravated robbery
  • kidnapping
  • receiving stolen property
  • carrying a concealed weapon
  • improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle

A priest, was tending to his church's chickens before the incident.

"I'm laying in the parking lot thinking this is how it is going to end," said Fr. John Kumse.

In December, Kumse, 65, of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, was out collecting eggs when he saw teens run by.

"It was odd, I just started to look all around. You get a gut feeling that something just isn't right," Fr. Kumse said.

He explained in court what when through his mind as the teens approached him, pointed a gun at him and fired.

It was all captured on surveillance video.

"When I turned to run, I heard a shot. I was thinking, my gosh, they are shooting at me. I just kept running," Fr. Kumse said.

Kumse tried to yell for help, as he says the teens continued to follow him.

"I heard another shot. Right before I fell, I heard a shot, then as I'm laying there there was one more shot. I'm thinking, I wasn't hit," Fr. Kumse said.

When police searched the house where the teens were staying, they found two guns.

Arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on April 12.

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