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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Police have released new details after two people were shot in a church parking lot.

Blue and red lights filled the Northwest Baptist Church parking lot Tuesday night, moments after shots rang out.

Officials on scene said there were multiple witnesses.

One of those witnesses is Allen Marks.

Marks, a church employee,  is in charge of community outreach and the director of their 'Open Gym' for the public.

"We just try to provide a venue where they can come and enjoy recreation," said Marks. "We are assessing our security needs here."

That open gym is closed for the time being, following a fight that started on the court and ended with two people shot.

"There was a fight that occurred on the gym floor," said Marks. "We asked those participating to leave the gym."

When the fight spilled into the parking lot, police say a suspect pulled out a pistol and opened fire.

According to police, one of the victims was found across the street. Records show he was running away, and didn't realize he'd been hit.

NewsChannel 4 has been informed the two victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.

"We feel very fortunate that there were no fatalities," said Marks.

Police have arrested a 16-year-old male for the shootings.  He is facing charges for two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

Allan says this was the first time the suspect had been to their gym, and though it's closed now, he's adamant 'Open Gym' will return soon.

"We'll make adjustments to make this a safe place for our community."

Those adjustments include possibly hiring an off duty police officer for added security, as well as other measures to be determined in the future.

 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information on the suspect's arrest.

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