Police: 4 people stabbed at Albuquerque church (UPDATE)

Posted at: 04/28/2013 12:19 PM
Updated at: 04/29/2013 7:47 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Shaun Griswold, KOB.com

Four people were stabbed near the end of mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in northwest Albuquerque.

“People were running, people were screaming,” Brenda Baca said. “Men were flocking down to the choir loft jumping on top of him trying to protect us. It was unbelievable."

Baca, plays piano for the church choir, which started its closing hymns when Lawrence Capener reportedly jumped over several pews and rushed across the altar at the group with a sharp object.

Capener stabbed the church choir director Adam Alvarez, flutist Gerald Madrid and two other parishioners before he was tackled by several other churchgoers, Albuquerque Police spokesperson Robert Gibbs said. The people stabbed are at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries.

“When I looked at him I just saw, I just his arm was white. It was just white,” Baca said. “I didn’t even see blood. Like white flesh. It was awful."

Valerie Schalow sat next to Capener in church and her husband held his hand during a prayer.

"His hands were so clammy and yet because we do the peace,” she said. “And so his hands were so clammy that when my kids had to go to the bathroom my husband washed his hands and I couldn’t understand why he went but later on he told me his hands so wet and clammy. He said he knew something was wrong with this guy.”

She said Capener screamed for his mom, a eucharist minister at St. Jude.

“The guy was yelling for his mom,” Schalow said. “He was just screaming mom. Mom!”