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2 Dead, 3 Injured in Stabbing at San Jose Church: Police

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Two people died and three others were injured in a stabbing attack Sunday night at a church near the San Jose State University campus, according to San Jose police.

The attack occurred at Grace Baptist Church, at 484 E. San Fernando St., near the downtown San Jose campus. Officers responded about 8 p.m. Sunday on the report of a stabbing, police said.

A man was taken into custody, police said. The motive and other circumstances surrounding the attack remain under investigation.

One of the victims, a man, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A woman died at a local hospital. The three other victims, all men, were taken to local hospitals where they remain in serious but stable condition.

There were no services going on at the church at the time, but people without homes had been brought into the church to get them out of the cold, police said.

"From what I understand, everyone that's involved...are somehow associated to the unhoused program they have here at the church," Sgt. Christian Camarillo said.

Several streets around the area remained closed Monday morning, and police advised motorists to use alternate routes.

The homicides were the 40th and 41st of the year in San Jose, police said.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday released the following statement: "Our hearts are torn for the victims and their loved ones in last night’s horrific stabbing at Grace Baptist Church on 10th Street. We have lost two community members, and we pray for the recovery of the three others seriously injured in that attack. SJPD has arrested a suspect, who remains in custody. We will keep the community updated as SJPD releases more information."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Lewis (#3161) or Detective Meeker (#3272) with the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.

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