The victim, identified as Rhonda Smith, 42, of Hellertown, was shot inside the building and rushed St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill section of Bethlehem, police said. She later died.
Police are calling the death suspicious,according to a news release.
It’s not clear how the shooting happened, but police said there are no arrests at this point. Police said they were continuing to investigate the circumstances behind the shooting.The shooting occurred at about 1 p.m. Wednesday inside Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Route 212 in Springfield Township, not far from the Lehigh County line.
State police said the search for clues will probably continue for some time.There was no immediate word on what led up to the shooting.Police at the scene Wednesday night would only say that the woman is not a member of the church and there were no services going on at the time of the shooting.