Congregant dies after stabbing spree at church service

Pastor, churchgoer in serious condition, others injured after stabbing

Pastor, churchgoer in serious condition, others injured after stabbing

A church service had just started at a Texas home when police said one of the parishioners stabbed four people, including the pastor and a band member.

Hooper says the suspect, 28-year-old Marco Antonio Moreno, surrendered to congregants.

Clement told KZTV several parishioners were inside the home of a pastor singing when a male church member lunged toward the pastor and began stabbing people. The unnamed culprit stabbed the pastor multiple times in the chest, stabbed a band member in the neck, and also stabbed two church members who tried to pull him off of the pastor. Moreno was being held at the Nueces County jail on Thursday on charges of murder and aggravated assault.

Moreno has an "alcohol- and drug-related history" with police, authorities said.

The pastor who sustained life-threatening injuries was hospitalized and is in critical condition.

The two others were stabbed while attempting to flee the attacker. Police Lt. Jay Clement told the newspaper it wasn't clear what led to the attack. Investigators have said that attack appeared to stem from a domestic dispute.

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