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Preacher charged with shooting 13-year-old

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta preacher whose church caught fire in January is awaiting a court appearance after being charged with shooting a 13-year-old who police say threw a rock that broke the rear window of the preacher's car while he was driving.

Police say the preacher, Bishop Rev. Alex Williams of the Mechanicsville United Church of God in Christ, is charged with aggravated assault in the Saturday night shooting and is due in court Monday.

Police say the teen is reported in stable condition after he was shot in the hip.

Williams' church caught fire in January. Williams told WSB-TV at the time that he believed the fire was arson.

A friend of the preacher, Travis Gordon, says Williams has spoken out against drugs, and his church has been repeatedly damaged.

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