ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A quiet Sunday morning mass turned into a frantic scene after a man started stabbing parishioners.
Four people were injured and rushed to the hospital.
Police say parishioners were forced to take down the suspect who is now in custody.
The St Jude Thaddeus campus is still on lockdown as police are combing the scene and talking to witnesses who saw what happened.
The stabbing happened just before noon near the end of the 11 a.m. mass Sunday.
Police say Lawrence Capener started attacking members of the church choir right after they began singing a closing hymn.
Multiple witnesses told KRQE News 13 they saw the suspect, in his twenties, sitting in a pew then he hopped several seats to get to the choir.
Initially, witnesses thought he was hitting the choir members.
Then they realized he was stabbing choir members with what they think was a knife.
According to the New Mexico Corrections Department, Corrections Sgt. Gilbert Flores along with an off duty
AFD firefighter and off duty APD police officers grabbed and held the man until police got there.
A pianist for the choir, Brenda Baca King, saw it all happen.
"He was looking at our lead soloist....I just remember seeing him hurdle over the pews, hurdle over people and run towards us and I thought oh my god this is not good," Baca King said.
Church members helped the four people injured. At least two victims have serious stab wounds.
Police have determined Capener is not a parishioner.
Detectives are still investigating the motive.
Names of victims have not been released at this time.
Church members told KRQE News 13 the victims were all long time members of the church.
About 1,300 people were inside the church when it happened.
Manners matter especially during the holiday season.
You've heard us talk a lot about Toys for Tots and how you can help needy kids in Albuquerque this Christmas.
The final Toys for Tots collections have been made and the generosity of folks around Albuquerque has been great as always.