Texas in the church stabbing leaves at least one dead; suspect in custody

Marco Moreno was accused of stabbing four people Wednesday night.

(Nueces County Jail)

At least one person has died after a knife-wielding man went on a stabbing rampage during a religious service in a private home in Texas Wednesday night, police said.

Corpus Christi police Lt. Chris Hooper said 12 to 20 people were in the home when an apparent member of the congregation drew a knife and stabbed four men.

A 61-year-old man has died from his injuries, while the church of the pastor was admitted to the hospital in serious condition. Hooper declined to identify the victims.

The other two people stabbed are expected to survive.

The suspect, Marco Antonio Moreno, 28, surrendered to the congregants. He is being held at the Nueces County jail on murder and aggravated assault charges.

The jail records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer. His bail is set at $1.45 million.

Hooper said Moreno has a “alcohol and drug abuse of history” with the police.

It was not immediately clear what led to the attack.

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

Police did not identify the church, but KRIS-TV reported that the address of the house matched with kingdom acts Ministries International.

“I never thought this would happen,” Elena Flores told KRIS-TV. “I never thought I would be a witness to this or my husband. We arrived late, so I thought it could be my husband, because it seems like he went after the boys, the men.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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