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Choir members stabbed at Albuquerque Sunday Mass, police say

New Mexico man stabbed several parishioners outside this church KRQE

A man stabbed several parishioners at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, above, in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday morning, April 28, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - At least four people were injured when a man stabbed members of the choir at an Albuquerque church Sunday morning as services were nearing an end, authorities said.

Just as the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church choir began its final hymn, the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Lawrence Capener, allegedly lashed out at the singers. Other people screamed as the chaotic scene unfolded, and the attack continued until other church members tackled the man and held him down until police officers arrived.

Four people were treated at area hospitals and listed in stable condition.

Officials said the reason for the attacks remains unknown, and it is not clear if the suspect had ties to any of the victims.

Rev. John C. Daniel, who was celebrating the Mass, told the Albuquerque Journal that the stabbing was "random." He said he didn't recognize the attacker as a regular parishioner.

The paper also reported that Capener yelled out "Fake preacher!" before lashing out.

Capener was questioned by police and now faces several felony charges, said police spokesman Robert Gibbs.

  • Crimesider Staff

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