Church Statement on Incident at Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center

This monument represents the meetings held between the Angel Moroni and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found Joseph Smith. He met with the angel every year from 1823 to 1827. 

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Eric Hawkins, a spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement to media on Wednesday, June 8, 2022:

"This afternoon (Wednesday), several shots were fired at or near the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center in Palmyra, New York," said Hawkins.

Hawkins reported there were no injuries. 

"At this hour, there is little information available. Inquiries about details should be directed to local law enforcement," he said. 

According to the church's webpage, the Hill Cumorah is the place where the church's founder Joseph Smith met with the Angel Moroni every year from 1823 to 1827. 

"On September 22, 1827, the angel allowed Joseph to obtain the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon would be translated," it said.