Pastor, churchgoer in serious condition, others injured after stabbing
Police said a nondenominational church was holding a special service at a private residence.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
EDITORIAL NOTE: Police and church officials have clarified key details in this story. We have an updated version online at this link. The original story as reported by police follows below. Take special note that according to the latest reports, four church members were victims of the attack, one of whom was a church leader (but not pastor, which police originally reported at the scene) and the other three were members of the church (none were band members.)
A Corpus Christi church leader and member were rushed to a hospital with critical injuries after they and two others were stabbed during a religious service.
According to officials with Corpus Christi Police Department, the incident happened at a pastor's private residence in the 1200 block of Cambridge Drive at around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night.
When officers arrived, they reportedly found a group of churchgoers that had been holding a special service at the residence. Witnesses told police that during the service after a song, a member of the church unexpectedly lept from the crowd and attacked the pastor, stabbing him and a band member.
Witnesses reportedly told police that the attack appeared unprovoked and no motive had been established at time of writing. The suspect was reported to be a member of the church.
Police said the pastor sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The band member was reportedly stabbed in the neck and also taken to a hospital in critical condition. Two other churchgoers, who attempted to intervene, were also injured and were reported in stable condition.
Further information on the victims' condition was not available at time of writing.
CCPD said that a dozen or so individuals may have been on the property, with more arriving, when the incident occurred. All had been arriving for a special service hosted by a non-denominational church. Police did not identify the church, however, online records show "Kingdom Acts Ministries International" with a location matching the address.
Officials said a male suspect had been taken into custody and was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon but noted that those charges could change.
This is a developing story. Some details have changed since publication due to discrepancies in original reports from police at the scene. The story above appears as originally written. You'll find the updated version here.
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