Four choir singers stabbed at NW ABQ church

| April 28, 2013

2:30 p.m. Four members of the choir were stabbed during church services this morning at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Northwest Albuquerque, police said.

Two of the four were critically injured, according to an emailed statement from APD spokesman Rob Gibbs, and all are expected to survive.

The church service was closing, Gibbs wrote, and the choir was beginning closing hymns when a man jumped over several pews, walked quickly to the front of the church and began stabbing choir members.

The alleged stabber is in custody, according to Gibbs. He has not been identified, and police do not believe he was a parishioner at the church. It is unclear whether he has been arrested or charged.

“As to the motive regarding the multiple stabbing, this has not yet been determined,” Gibbs’ statement said.

Several people quickly jumped on the man after the stabbings, Gibbs’ statement said, and held him down until police arrived.

He described the scene as “chaotic” and said in his statement that “numerous witnesses were and are being momentarily detained so that statements and contact information could be obtained.”

Gibbs’ statement did not address preliminary information from the Albuquerque Fire Department that one of its firefighters had been among those injured in the attack.

AFD officials are now saying they can’t confirm the initial reports. But an email from a department spokesman said that Fire Chief James Breen would be providing more information later today.

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