Church missionary serving in Alabama injured in shooting

SALT LAKE CITY – A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is injured in a shooting. According to a press release from Church it happened on Friday night in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama.

Michael Fauber, pictured here with his mission president and the mission president’s wife on the first day he arrived in Alabama
Photo credit: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In the statement, the media relations manager of the Church’s communications department, Sam Penrod, explained what happened.

“A missionary serving in The Alabama Birmingham Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hospitalized in serious but stable condition after being shot several times on Friday evening, December 3, 2021.”

Penrod said, “Michael Fauber, 18, of Dayton, Ohio, was at the Birmingham stake center in Vestavia Hills with two other missionaries and a group of people interested in learning more about the Church. A weekly sports activity was organized and basketball was played in the cultural hall. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Brother Fauber spoke with a stranger who entered the building during the activity. Moments later, Brother Fauber received several bullets. The shooter then fled.

The Church spokesperson adds that the missionary injured in the shooting, Brother Fauber, underwent surgery. The missionary’s parents arrive on Saturday afternoon.

Penrod also said: “Other missionaries in the building were not physically injured but are receiving counseling. The Church is cooperating with law enforcement and is awaiting further details from investigators. Our prayers are with this missionary, his family, and all missionaries and others affected by this senseless act of violence. “

Jerry B. Hatch