Several people stabbed, 2 fatally, in Grace Baptist Church attack
Several people stabbed, 2 fatally, in Grace Baptist Church attack

Peter Fimrite

San Francisco Chronicle

Nov. 23—Two people were killed and several others were stabbed at the Grace Baptist Church near San Jose State University Sunday night, San Jose police said.

Police rushed to the scene at the church, at 484 East San Fernando St., shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday and found multiple victims, the police tweeted over their media relations channel.

“We can confirm we have multiple stabbing victims; some with life threatening injuries,” the police tweeted, adding later that “two victims have succumbed to their injuries and have been pronounced deceased.”

The police said first responders “rendered aid to victims in the middle of a chaotic scene and undoubtedly saved lives.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted that more information would be coming out soon “regarding the status of the investigation and arrest.”

The police would not confirm that an arrest had been made. It was not clear what led to the stabbings, but police said homeless people had been allowed to shelter inside the church.

“For clarification, no church services were being conducted at the time of the stabbing.” police said. “Unhoused individuals were brought into the church to get them out of the cold.”

Police did not say whether the people brought into the church were involved in the attacks or whether church officials were among the victims. The deaths bring to 41 the number of homicides in San Jose this year.

Peter Fimrite is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: pfimrite@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @pfimrite

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