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One dead, three wounded after knife-wielding man rampages through Texas church service

Police said the suspect, Marco Antonio Moreno, had an “alcohol- and drug-related history” with law enforcement

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 February, 2018, 2:54am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 February, 2018, 6:31am

One man has died and three others were injured after they were stabbed during a church service at a private home in Texas, police said on Thursday.

As many as 20 people were in the home Wednesday night when an apparent member of the congregation pulled a knife and attacked four men, according to Corpus Christi police Lieutenant Chris Hooper.

Hooper said a 61-year-old man later died of his injuries, while the church’s 54-year-old pastor was hospitalised in serious condition.

Hooper declined to identify the victims, but police said late on Wednesday that a band member was stabbed in the neck and the pastor was stabbed in the chest, and both were hospitalised with life-threatening injuries.

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Police said two other men suffered puncture wounds – one to a hand and the other to his arm – while trying to get the suspect away from the pastor.

The suspect, 28-year-old Marco Antonio Moreno, surrendered immediately after the stabbing to congregants, Hooper said.

Moreno was being held at the Nueces County jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault. Jail records did not immediately indicate whether he has an lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Hooper says Moreno has an “alcohol- and drug-related history” with police.

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Those attending services at the home have been gathering there each day as part of a “40-day pledge,” Clement said, adding that witnesses said the suspect was a parishioner.

In November, a gunman fatally shot more than two dozen worshippers at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before dying of an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound.