Four people were stabbed at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico after a young man allegedly jumped from his seat and charged the choir just as the service was ending, police said.
A police spokesperson told The ABQ Journal that two of the four people who were stabbed sustained severe injuries, but none were expected to be life-threatening.
The suspect is 24-year-old Lawrence Capener, according to KOB-TV reporter Maria Guerrero. She noted that the suspect’s mother, a eucharist minister at the church, was with him during the mass. Capener was reportedly tackled and held down by parishioners until authorities arrived.
An eyewitness to the attack, speaking to The Los Angeles Times, said the man jumped over several pews and then repeatedly stabbed the choir director. “He said, like, ‘False preacher!”” 14-year-old Vanessa Lucero recounted. She reportedly added that he made remarks about “the Masons” after he was put in handcuffs.
Police are still investigating the incident and the suspect’s motives, but he’s expected to face multiple felony charges.
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