4 people stabbed during Albuquerque church service; man charged choir yelling 'Fake preacher!'

2 victims critically injured, taken to hospital

ALBUQUERQUE - Four people were stabbed at a church in northwest Albuquerque on Sunday, police say.

Albuquerque police identified the 24-year-old suspect as Lawrence Capener. Investigators said the victims were stabbed at the St. Jude Thaddeus Church about 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

Witnesses told ABC affiliate KOAT Action 7 News in Albuquerque that, just after communion, a man in his 20s charged the choir yelling, "Fake preacher!" and began stabbing people.

Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack.

The injuries to the four church-goers weren't life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals.

Numerous parishioners and an off-duty police officer subdued the attacker and held him down until police arrived.

Gibbs says Capener is now being interviewed by police and is expected to face felony charges.

It's not yet known whether Capener has an attorney.

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