San Jose: Church shelter stabbing leaves two dead

San Jose: Church shelter stabbing leaves two dead
Source: CNN

Two people are dead and multiple others have suffered serious injury after a stabbing spree occurred in a Californian church that was designated a homeless shelter.

According to the San Jose Police Department, multiple stabbing victims, including some with life-threatening injuries, were reported on early Monday at the Grace Baptist Church.

The police department did not reveal how many people were initially hurt but later stated that two victims succumbed to their wounds.

KTVU reports that a 22-year-old man was arrested fleeing the scene, but police could not confirm that any arrests were made following the incident. No motive has been given for the attack, whose victims were mainly homeless people who took shelter at the church.

The station reported that the injured had been both inside and outside the church. 

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

Grace Baptist Church was one of several churches in California that is part of Gov. Newsom’s plan to house Bay Area homeless during the coronavirus outbreak. In a Mercury News article from March, Phil Mastrocola, who ran the homeless shelter at Grace Baptist Church, applauded the governor’s effort to shelter the homeless.

“I think it’s a great effort,” he said. “And we need everybody to help out. If people have vacant rooms of any kind, whether they’re hotel rooms or apartments or whatever, they should be used for people who are wandering around.”