Priest Killed, Another Injured During Attack at Church

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(CNN) — A shooting at a Catholic church in Phoenix left one priest dead and another one in critical condition, authorities said early Thursday.

A 911 call came in about 9 p.m. Wednesday local time from the Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church, said Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department.

One of the victims made the call about the attack, which Martos described as a burglary.

When police arrived, they found the two priests badly injured. One had gunshot wounds and later died at the hospital, Martos said.

The other priest is in critical condition, but authorities declined to say what kind of injuries he has.

A green 2003 Mazda Tribute stolen from the church property was later found with no one in it, he said.

5 comments

    • Bob Gnarly

      …………its such a shame because his predecessor did SO MUCH to curb illegal immigration…….

      as per your name I reject your comment.

    • Sarah 1

      How do you know who shot the priests? What? An American citizen? An immigrant? Why not wait for the facts on who did the shooting?
      Reagan gave amnesty to twelve million immigrants. They phoned their relatives and said ‘Come to America. It truly is the land of the free except for a few people, but you can ignore them’.

    • greg

      How do you know it’s illegal aliens? Do you all not remember when how Ronald Reagan granted amnesty for illegal immigrants in 1986? It back fired on the Republicans though because most hispanics vote democratic. I get the feeling sometimes that most white Americans feel that if your not white your not a true American.

      • Sarah 1

        @Greg. There are some commenters who use continual talking points such as Illegal aliens, Barry, Democrats, and general put downs and name calling. They have no facts just rhetoric.

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