SAN JOSE (CBS SF)
Two people were killed and seriously injured in a multiple knife stab on Sunday at Grace Baptist Church in San Jose, where homeless people spent the night to escape the cold.
The San Jose police tweeted around 8:47 p.m. that officials were responding to the church at 484 E San Fernando St, near the San Jose State campus.
They followed up with a post at 9:30 pm saying, “We can confirm that we have several stabbing victims; some with life threatening injuries. “
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo confirmed that at least two of the victims had died.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the two parishioners who were stabbed tonight in the attack on Grace Baptist Church downtown,” he tweeted.
He also said at first that the police had taken the suspect into custody. A short time later, he deleted the tweet, saying the San Jose Police Department would provide an update.
I just deleted a tweet referring to the ongoing investigation into the knife wounds at Grace Baptist Church tonight. The SJPD will shortly publish a statement on the status of the investigations and arrests.
– Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) November 23, 2020
San Jose Police also confirmed that two people had died at the post. “Two victims died from their injuries and were declared dead.”
The police also stated explicitly on Twitter that there was “no confirmation of an arrest”.
No confirmation of an arrest. You can find updates in our feed. This is a very active scene. Thanks for your patience.
– San Jose Police Department (@SJPD_PIO) media outreach on November 23, 2020
The victims may be homeless and have been allowed to escape the church to escape the cold.
“No services were being held at the time the knife was stabbed,” tweeted police in San Jose. “People who were not housed were taken to church to get them out of the cold.”
The video from the scene shows a great reaction from the police and emergency vehicles.
CBS SF was able to confirm that two crime scenes were being investigated by police, one inside the church and the other outside.
The two fatalities from knife wounds are the 40th and 41st murders in San Jose in 2020, police said. The scene was still active after 11 p.m.
The San Jose police tweeted that they would issue a press release Monday morning to provide more details “when more facts are known”.