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At Least 2 People Injured in Church Stabbing Attack in Virginia

© Photo : Twitter / @KCTomDempseyPolice presence after a stabbing incident at Grove Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia
Police presence after a stabbing incident at Grove Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia - Sputnik International
According to police, one suspect has been taken into custody after the incident. An investigation is ongoing.

Fairfax County Police responded to reports of a stabbing at Grove Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, on Saturday at around 3 p.m. local time, confirming that two people had been injured and one suspect taken into custody. Both injuries were said to be non-life-threatening.

"Both men were taken to a hospital. One of the men sustained injuries that were initially considered life-threatening; his condition was later upgraded. The second man’s injuries were not life threatening", police said.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and, according to a statement made by police, detectives are asking the public for help. Police have released pictures that "depict persons of interest", urging potential witnesses to share information with the Major Crimes Bureau.

Social media users reported that at least four people had been injured. Local media also said that Fairfax Police Chief Edwin Roessler was injured in the attack, however, police confirmed only that he was present on the scene and helped arrest the suspect. 

"We are in prayer for all the injured. We are grateful for the courage exhibited that prevented worse from happening. Lastly, we want to thank the broader community for their outpouring of concern and support in this time," said Brett Fuller of Grace Covenant Church, cited by MSN.

​Reports suggest that one of the people from the group event at the church attacked the pastor in charge of the session. Photos allegedly made on the scene show the police presence in the area.

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