No arrests have been made just yet in a shooting that took place at a Phoenix church Wednesday night. A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed and another wounded at a Catholic church near the state Capitol, a police spokesperson said.
Police were responding to a burglary call shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday night at the Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in Phoenix, Ariz., Sgt. Steve Martos said. Martos said the crime scene was inside the church’s living quarters, not in the sanctuary of the church.
The wounded priest, a 56-year-old man, is said to be in critical condition at a local hospital police said. He was “physically harmed” though he was not stabbed or shot, authorities said Thursday morning.
The surviving priest dialed 911, police said.
The names of both priests were not immediately released.
A car was identified in connection with the attack – a Mazda Tribute – and was found about four blocks north of the Phoenix church, Martos said. It was spotted by KPNX-TV reporter Chris Williams, who alerted the authorities. Unfortunately, the car was unoccupied when it was found, and Martos said no suspects have been arrested at this time. Police are still looking for the suspects.
No Arrests Yet in Fatal Phoenix Church Shooting