Churches in Erie are looking to ramp up security as mass shootings continue to unfold across the country.

Second Baptist Church has introduced multiple new safety measures. They now lock the doors after the start of their services, station security around the building, and have volunteer police officers and other trained personnel conceal carry at each service.

"As we see these mass shootings across the country it goes to show that we are connected at times through tragedy," said Senior Pastor Lamont Higginbottom. "We must learn from and continue to raise awareness about it."

Higginbottom is aware some people feel unsafe at this time, and reminds the community they are welcome to watch the worship service online.