Two Dead, Scores Seriously Wounded In US Church Stabbing Spree

Two people have reportedly died and multiple others are seriously wounded following a mass stabbing at a California Baptist church on Sunday night.

Two people have reportedly died and multiple others are seriously wounded following a mass stabbing at a California Baptist church on Sunday night.

The San Jose Police Department tweeted just after 8:40 pm local time that officers had responded to a series stabbings at Grace Baptist Church, located on the 400 block of E San Fernando Street.

They followed up the message just under an hour later at 9:30 pm, with a post confirming “multiple stabbing victims’ had been discovered at the scene, some of whom had suffered “life-threatening injuries.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo confirmed that two victims had died in a since-deleted tweet. He also said police had the suspect in custody.

The San Jose Police Department tweeted just after 8:40 pm local time that officers had responded to a series stabbings at Grace Baptist Church, located on the 400 block of E San Fernando Street.

Our hearts go out to the families of the two community members who have succumbed to stab wounds in the attack at Grace Baptist Church downtown tonight,’ he tweeted at 8:55 pm. “SJPD has arrested the suspect. Others are seriously wounded, & we keep them in our prayers.”

After deleting the post 30 minutes later, Liccardo told the public to look out for an update from the police instead. Moments after, SJPD confirmed the deaths, writing that ‘two victims had succumbed to their injuries and have been pronounced dead.”

However, the department said there was ‘no confirmation of an arrest’, adding that the scene remains very active. Video captured from the scene by CBS San Francisco shows a large police presence and a number of emergency vehicles outside the house of worship.

It’s currently unclear what led to the stabbings. No services were being held at the church at the time, according to police.

The SJPD said a number of ‘unhoused’ individuals had been brought inside the church in the hours prior ‘get them out of the cold’.

Police didn’t say whether any of the homeless individuals were involved. The church is near the campus of San Jose State University.

More information will be released when it becomes available, the department said.  

 

 

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