At least two people died and multiple others are seriously wounded following a mass stabbing at a California Baptist church on Sunday night.
The San Jose Police Department tweeted just after 8:40pm local time that officers had responded to a series stabbings at Grace Baptist Church, located on the 400 block of E San Fernando Street.
They followed up the message just under an hour later at 9:30pm, with a post confirming ‘multiple stabbing victims’ had been discovered at the scene, some of whom had suffered ‘life threatening injuries.’
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo confirmed that two victims had died in a since-deleted tweet. He also said police had the suspect in custody.
‘Our hearts go out to the families of the two community members who have succumbed to stabbing wounds in the attack at Grace Baptist Church downtown tonight,’ he tweeted at 8:55pm. ‘SJPD has arrested the suspect. Others are seriously wounded, & we keep them in our prayers.’
It’s currently unclear what led to the stabbings. No services were being held at the church at the time, according to police.
The SJPD said a number of ‘unhoused’ individuals had been brought inside the church in the hours prior ‘get them out of the cold’.
Police didn’t say whether any of the homeless individuals were involved.
The church is near the campus of San Jose State University.