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Man stabs choir members during closing hymns at New Mexico church, police say

A 24-year-old man stabbed a church choir director and three other parishioners during their closing hymn, according to New Mexico police and witnesses. KOB's Maria Guerrero reports.

At least four people were stabbed at an Albuquerque, N.M., church when a man went on a rampage during a Sunday service’s closing hymns, police said.

Albuquerque Police Department officials say Lawrence Capener, 24, leaped over pews and lunged at members of the choir just before noon on Sunday. He repeatedly stabbed choir members with a weapon, according to police.

Police officers dispatched to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish discovered that several parishioners had pinned Capener to the floor, according to police spokesperson Tasia Martinez.

“The scene was chaotic when officers arrived and it was quickly ascertained that numerous parishioners essentially jumped on the male offender and held him down until officers arrived,” Martinez said.

Officials have Capener in custody. Officials said they have determined that the assailant was not a parishioner at the church but have not determined a motive for the attack. He will face numerous felony charges, according to police.

The four stabbing victims all sustained non-life threatening injuries and were being treated at local hospitals, according to authorities. Officials have not yet released the names of the victims.