Knife-wielding man attacks congregation of Latter-day Saints in Goiania, Brazil; photog catches arrest, police response

GOIANIA, Brazil, Dec. 2, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A local reporter from Goiânia, Brazil, has shared a photo of a man covered in blood being taken into custody following an alleged knife attack at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel Sunday morning.

Four congregation members at the LDS Church chapel were injured along with a suspect who entered the building with multiple knives during a worship service, the Brazil Area Presidency said in a prepared statement.

Local reporter Bill Guerra Mochilink posted the photo of a man on Facebook, whose face, neck and shoulders are covered with blood, being restrained by authorities and wearing only one shoe. Mochilink also posted video to Facebook, showing ambulances and police cars rushing to the scene in Colina Azul Sector of Goiânia.

Four members of the congregation and the attacker were injured during the incident, the Presidency statement said.

“All are receiving medical care, and police have arrested the attacker,” the statement said. “The Church is providing support to those who were present during the incident, and we are praying for all involved.”

It’s unclear how the churchgoers were injured.

Mochilink posted on Facebook that at least two people are in serious condition.

The condition of the attacker is also unknown, Mochilink said, and at this time there is no clear motive for the crime.

The LDS Church has been recognized in Brazil since 1930, and there are more than 1.5 million members of the faith throughout the nation.

Goiânia is the capital of Goiás state in central Brazil. Goiânia is approximately 125 miles southwest of Brasília, which is Brazil’s capital.

Police in Goiânia are expected to release a statement.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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