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Ardmore community leans on prayer and each other after the shooting at the American Legion Post

ARDMORE, Pa. (CBS) – The Ardmore community showed strength in numbers Friday evening. After a few difficult days, they gathered at Bethel AME Church in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

One was on Memorial Day, when Lower Merion police said this Andrew McCutchen, 35, shot a 26-year-old man at the Spencer Reid American Legion Post Just before 7 p.m. on Monday, police say McCutchen is wanted for attempted murder and other related crimes. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said Andrew McCutchen, 35, shot a 26-year-old man at the Spencer Reid American Legion Post just before 7 p.m. Monday.

The 26-year-old man was struck multiple times by gunfire and was listed in critical but stable condition, according to police.

After McCutchen fled the American Legion with another man in a dark gray 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS, police said a man left the station and fired gunshots at McCutchen inside the car. Police said they arrested that man.

It is unclear whether McCutchen or the other man was struck by gunfire.

“It is important that we do not allow such an incident to intimidate, to instill fear, to make people think that their safety is no longer guaranteed,” said Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard of Saints Memorial Baptist Church.

“Anytime you have something traumatic happen to you, it has a big impact on the community,” said Michael Stitt, pastor at Saints Memorial Baptist Church. “So it’s critical that the community knows we’re here. We will always be there for them and support them.”

The community said they are using the power of prayer to help heal and vow to stick together through good times and bad.

The Main Line Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance hosted the event. Faith leaders and police were there to make sure the community knew they were not alone and that resources and help were available.

“So everyone is here tonight to support each other a little bit and to stand together and try to let everyone know that we are all here to support each other and make things a little easier,” said Police Chief of Lower Merion. Eugène Pasternak.

Faith leaders said they will continue to meet and build a bond that is stronger than ever.

“For the community to show up in a strong way just shows that we can lean on each other, that we can rely on each other, that we are in this together,” said the Rev. Carolyn Cavaness of Bethel AME Church in Ardmore.

Meanwhile, the search for McCutchen continues. Police said he is 6 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He has a full black beard and medium-length hair in short braids or twists. According to police, McCutchen also has teardrop tattoos under his right eye and a dark spot the size of a dime under his left eye.

McCutchen was last seen wearing glasses, a black soft-brimmed hat, a white T-shirt, black athletic pants, white socks and sneakers.

Police said the dark gray Chevrolet Trailblazer McCutchen fled inside has a Pennsylvania registration MMN-9443. The car also has a bumper sticker next to the license plate that reads “Rest Awhile For Miles”, a tow bar, Chevrolet branded mud flaps and a roof rack.

Authorities say the Trailblazer may also have bullet holes or broken windows on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Police urge anyone with information about the whereabouts of McCutchen or the Chevrolet Trailblazer to contact the Lower Merion Police Department at 610-649-1000 or 610-645-6228.

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