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Priest Shot, One Injured At St. Rita

ALEXANDRIA, La. - Five men have been arrested Thursday afternoon after a priest was shot and his assistant were injured during an attack Wednesday night. Both men were transported to a local hospital for treatment, officials say.

Authorities from the Alexandria Police Department say the men from St. Rita's Catholic Church were attacked in an home invasion  Wednesday around 8:45 p.m. at the St. Rita Rectory, located in the 200 block of N. 17th Street.

Officials say the two men are Fr. Craig Scott, pastor of St. Rita and Fr. Marek Norjek, a sacramental assistant.

NewsChannel 5/CBS 2 has confirmed that Scott was shot, and Norjek suffered injuries to his head.

Detectives were able to identify and arrest five suspects, following an investigation which lasted throughout Wednesday night. 

Those arrest are: Dearon Tannehill, 17; Larry Culbert, 21; Cornelius Wilson, 17; Paul Clark, 18; and Ashunti Pearrie, 18. Each are charged with attempted first degree murder and armed robbery.

Bishop Herzog of Alexandria released this statement to NewsChannel 5/CBS 2 about the priests' condition:

"We, at the Diocese, are saddened at the recent home invasion that occurred at St. Rita Rectory. I am grateful to report Fr. Craig Scott and Fr. Marek Norjeck have been treated and released from the hospital and are in good spirits."

The bishop continued: "I have been notified by Alexandria Police, who have worked closely with the diocese, a number of suspects are in custody. We are thankful to the City of Alexandria and the City Police Department for their quick response as they were also dealing with Tropical Storm Isaac. Please continue to pray for all of those involved in this incident."

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