4 people stabbed at US church – police

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A man is vaccinated during a day of the vaccination campaign against Influenza A H1N1 Virus (swine flu) in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on March 28, 2011. A new outbreak of H1N1 in northern Mexico, which left four dead in the past week, originated in the southern United States, the Chihuahua state governor said Monday. Mexican authorities have started a vaccination campaign in northern Chihuahua and ruled out the risk of an emergency on a similar scale to 2009, when Mexico raised the first H1N1 alert. Swine flu — so named because it was first identified in pigs — has killed some 18,500 people since emerging in April 2009, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP/JESUS ALCAZAR

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Police said a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in New Mexico as a Sunday mass was nearing its end.

Police spokesman Robert Gibbs said Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack.

The injuries to the four church-goers weren’t life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals.

An off-duty police officer and others at the church subdued Capener and held him down until police arrived.

Some of those who were stabbed were members of the choir.

Gibbs said Capener is now being interviewed by police and is expected to face felony charges.

It’s not yet known whether Capener has an attorney.

Gibbs said investigators didn’t yet know the motive for the stabbings, whether Capener had ties to the victims or whether he regularly attended the church.

Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan released a statement saying he was saddened by the attack.

“I pray for all who have been harmed, their families, the parishioners and that nothing like this will ever happen again,” Sheehan said.

The church didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment on Sunday afternoon.

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  • Fulpol

    US, the most dangerous nation in the world, next to Iraq..

    • Crazy_horse101010

      then why is the murder rate higher here… america 4.8 percent per hundred thousand. philippines. 5.6 percent honduras 91 per hundred el salavador 60 per hundred. the state i lived in 1.1 per hundred per thousand and some were lower than that. when you make statements tell the truth. also america 350 million people philippines 90 million. 40 people have been killed here so far in elections. in the last week in cebu papers 4 girls under 10 years old have been raped. 2 were killed 1 had her head cut off.. so spew your crap somewhere else so i dont to keep proving you wrong,. . ..

      • sanjuan683

        Siyempre naman ang laki ng US at maraming population. Kaya maraming nasisira ulo diyan sa US because at the age of 18 bahala ka na sa buhay mo at nahihiwalay na sila sa mga parents nila kaya kapag may problema walang sila matakbuhan. Di tulad sa Pinas close family ties at ibang asia countries ay close family ties din. Mas masaya kahit may problema dahil naiidaing mo sa mga relatives mo. Di tulad diyan sa US, biglang na lang namamaril at ang daming natetepok yun pala may problema mabigat kaya namaril.

  • nicosan fopalan

    walang kinalaman ang picture sa story… PDI ano ba yan!

  • Jane Tan

    Probably molested.

  • regd

    A precursor of things to come here due to the RH bill issue?

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