Four parishioners and a church pastor were stabbed with a knife during a church service at a private house in Texas on Wednesday night. The suspect is in custody.
The incident happened during a non-denominational service around 7 p.m. Corpus Christi police reported that they received a call saying that 12-20 people were in the house when a member of the congregation pulled out a knife and started stabbing people around. The pastor received life-threatening wounds in the chest. The other band member had wounds in the neck and they were both taken to the local hospital in critical conditions. A 61-year-old man died at the scene. The other two injured people whose names are unknown had small wounds. They were trying to keep the attacker away from the pastor.
Marco Antonio Moreno, 28, is the attacker. He was also a member of the church. His congregants managed to calm him down and surrender. He is now in Nueces County jail facing murder and aggravated assault charges. According to police records, Moreno has alcohol and drug use history. He has no attorney yet. His bail is set at $1.45 million.
The motive of the attack is yet unclear. According to the police, Moreno could be having mental issues.
KZTV reported that the house belonged to Kingdom Acts Ministries International. The gatherings took place each day as part of a “40-day pledge”.
This is the second shooting at a church in Texas this year. In November, a gunman shot down around twenty worshippers in the church of Sutherland Springs before killing himself. Authorities said that the attack originated from a domestic dispute.