TERRIFYING footage shows the moment a Brooklyn bishop was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of a church service Sunday.
Lamor Whitehead was shocked when three to four armed men marched through the door during his sermon, stealing around $1million in jewelry from him and his wife alone, the bishop said.
A live stream captured the moment Whitehead hit the floor at Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches when the robbers came for his congregation.
"I said, 'Alright, alright, alright,' pretty much stating that I'm not going to do anything because I know you're coming for me," the bishop told CBS 2.
Whitehead described one of the alleged perpetrators as waving a gun in his baby's face while they stripped him and his wife of their luxury jewelry.
"As I got down, one went to my wife and took all her jewelry and had the gun in front of my eight-month-old baby's face," he said.
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"Took off my bishop's ring, my wedding band, and took off my bishop's chain, and then I had chains underneath my robe and he started tapping my neck to see if anything else.
"So that means they knew. They watched and they knew that I have other jewelry,"
Though the live stream doesn't capture it, Whitehead said nearly 100 parishioners dropped to the floor where they lay in silence during the event.
"My church is traumatized," White said.
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"The women and children are still crying. Babies are still crying."
Whitehead believes this was a pointed attack after he assisted in turning in the suspect wanted for the fatal shooting of 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez.
"I turned him in, but the media called me 'the bling, bling bishop,'" he told CBS 2.
"They had my Rolls-Royce caw all over everywhere and I feel that that played a part in this.
"I think all pastors should be able to get permits for pistols."
The bishop came under fire on social media for "stunting" his wealth with a gratuitous jewelry collection in the wake of the crime, but he snapped back saying that it isn't his fault.
"I don't see it as stunting I see it as the favor of the lord," he said on Instagram.
"It's about me purchasing what I want to purchase. It's my prerogative to purchase what I want to purchase."
He announced that he is offering a $50,000 reward for the arrest of the men who allegedly robbed the parish.
The thieves took home a huge collection of jewelry totaling $1,060,000: $75,000 Rolex watch, $75,000 Cavalier watch, $25,000 Episcopal ruby and diamond ring, $25,000 Episcopal diamond ring, $25,000 pair of earrings, $20,000 diamond and emerald cross, $20,000 Episcopal ring, $20,000 Episcopal cross and a $10,000 Episcopal gold cross, the New York Post reported.
The NYPD is investigating the incident and a spokesperson for NYC Mayor Eric Adam's office released a statement in the wake of the event.
"No one in this city should be the victim of armed robbery, let alone our faith leaders and congregants worshiping in a House of God," the statement read.
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"The NYPD is investigating this crime and will work tirelessly to bring the criminals involved to justice."
The Sun has reached out to Bishop Lamor Whitehead for comment on this incident.
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