John Baldwin, Arkansas Man, Fired 19 Rounds At Jehovah's Witnesses, Police Say

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It was a miracle no one was injured.

After telling a group of three Jehovah's Witnesses to get lost, Centeron, Ark., resident John Baldwin, 35, fired about 19 shots at the group as they were leaving, police said.

Everything was OK when the Jehovah's Witnesses first arrived at Baldwin's home on Saturday, according to local NBC affiliate KNWA-TV. But when Baldwin learned the men were Jehovah's Witnesses, he allegedly told them to "get the [expletive] off my property" and said "Get me my 9" as the men were getting into their car, CBS affiliate KFSM-TV reports.

Police said they found 13 shell casings and a Springfield XDM-9mm handgun in front of Baldwin's house, according to KFSM-TV. Baldwin was arrested and released on $50,000 bond. He will be charged with felony aggravated assault, the station notes.

Baldwin could be slammed with a $10,000 fine and jailed for six years.

Jehovah's Witnesses are a Christian denomination with about 7.5 million members worldwide. They publish Bibles and Bible literature in nearly 600 languages, and go door to door to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, who they believe is the son of God and not part of the Trinity.

Clarification: A previous version of this article said the Jehovah's Witnesses had around 19 million members. In fact, about 19 million people attend their meetings and congregations, but the organization has about 7.5 million official members.

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