Priest killed, another injured in Phoenix church attack

Priest killed, another injured in Phoenix church attack

Phoenix Police officer Joseph Stussy, in center and Luis Orozco, in van, investigate at the Mother of Mercy Mission, where one priest was shot and killed and another wounded at a Catholic church Wednesday, June 11. (Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic)

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by Katie Bieri, The Arizona Republic

KREM.com

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:21 AM

PHOENIX — A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed and another wounded at a Catholic church Wednesday near the state Capitol, a police spokesman said.

Police were responding to a burglary call shortly after 9 p.m. at the Mother of Mercy Mission, Sgt. Steve Martos said.

The wounded priest, a 56-year-old man, is in critical condition at a local hospital, police said. He was "physically harmed" but not stabbed or shot, authorities said early Thursday.

The surviving priest called 911, police said.

A car that police were seeking in connection with the attack was found about four blocks north of the church, Martos said. It was spotted by KPNX-TV reporter Chris Williams, who alerted police.

The car was unoccupied when it was found, and Martos said no suspects have been arrested.

 

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