Police in New Mexico report that a 24-year-old man stabbed four people attending Mass at a Catholic church in Albuquerque. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said that Lawrence Capener allegedly vaulted over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church at approximately mid-day on April 28 as the liturgy was about to end and the choir began to close with hymns.
Gibbs apparently walked into the choir area of the church were he stabbed four people. While all four are being treated at area hospitals, their wounds are not life-threatening. Some of them were members of the choir.
An alert off-duty police officer and fellow worshippers overpowered Capener and restrained him until law enforcement could be summoned. Capener is now being interviewed by police and is expected to face felony charges, but it is not clear whether he has yet to obtain legal counsel.
So far, investigators have not pinned down a motive for the attack nor whether Capener regularly attended the parish church.
Catholic Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, in a statement, said he was saddened by the assault. "I pray for all who have been harmed, their families, the parishioners and that nothing like this will ever happen again," Sheehan said.
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