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Shots fired near Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center; no injuries reported

Jun 8, 2022, 8:27 PM | Updated: Jun 9, 2022, 5:40 am

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MANCHESTER, N.Y. — Several shots were fired at or near the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center according to a release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Finger Lakes Times reports that about 80 people were in the building when shots were fired and the Ontario County sheriff’s personnel said there were a total of more than 22 shots fired at the building.

Eric Hawkins, a spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement to media Wednesday: “This afternoon, several shots were fired at or near the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center in Palmyra, New York. Gratefully, no injuries have been reported. At this hour, there is little information available. Inquiries about details should be directed to local law enforcement.”

New York State Police are over the area but have not provided any information at this point.

The Hill Cumorah is a site of religious significance for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has a visitors’ center there for guests.

The site is believed to be the place where Joseph Smith, the first prophet and former leader of the Church, met with an angel to receive the gold plates with writings from which the Book of Mormon was translated.

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Shots fired near Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center; no injuries reported