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4 are set in Texas at home in the church; suspect in custody

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Four people were stabbed Wednesday during a church service in a Texas home and a man is in custody, police said.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that the incident happened about 7 p.m. in a non-denominational service. Corpus Christi police were called to the house and found the priest who had his company the service stabbed in the chest.

Lt. Jay Clement told the newspaper that both the pastor and a member of the band, which also wounded were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The member of the band was stabbed in the neck, according to the newspaper.

Clement said that two more people received punctures — one with the hand and another in the arm. He said they were injured trying to get the suspect away from the predecessor.

He said: it is not clear what led to the attack and that the suspect faces aggravated assault charges.

These attending services in the house have been gathering there each day as part of a “40 day pledge,” Clement said, adding that the witness said the defendant was a parishioner.

In November, a gunman fatally shot more than two dozen worshippers at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before dying of an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound. Researchers have said that the attack appeared to stem from a domestic dispute.

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Information: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com

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