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A youth pastor stepped in to protect a wounded teenager during a gang shootout at a party in Syracuse over the weekend.

According to the Christian Post, Nitch Jones, pastor of youth and young adult affairs at Zion Hill World Harvest Baptist Church was attending the annual “Rye Day” Party, which is held by local businessman and philanthropist Ryedell Davis for his birthday. Jones, who is 32 years old and has one child, was running the voter registration booth at the party when shots rang out, CNY Central reports.

Officers arrived on the scene after they received a complaint about a stolen vehicle.

According to CNN, as they exited their vehicles, hundreds of people were running away from the party yelling that there was a shootout.

Jones described the scene in a Facebook video last Sunday morning. He said he had not been to sleep since enduring the gunfight between rival gangs in which 9 people were injured by as many as 6 gunmen.

Jones said,

“I have never been inside of a live war-zone in my life.” , “I have been around or in the vicinity of someone shootout. But I have never been in the middle. Literally, we were in the middle … of a war-zone, a battle, where guns were spraying all around us, where guns were spraying right in front of us and people were getting hit and they were feet in front of us.”

Then Jones described seeing the 17-year-old, who was the youngest of the victims. He said,

“I seen(saw) a kid lying down unresponsive in front of me and there was nothing that I could do besides just lay there with him and wait for help and run for help. There was nothing that I could do. That hurt me beyond belief.”

Due to the kindheartedness and quick thinking of Pastor Nitch Jones, the life of a young teenager was saved from what would otherwise have been a tragic and unfortunate death. Thank God for His mercies.

Written by IGN!S

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