2 stabbed at California homeless shelter

Two people died and multiple others were injured in a stabbing Sunday night at a church in California where homeless people had been brought to shelter from the cold weather police said

Officers were called to the Grace Baptist Church with reports of a possible stabbing on Sunday night, San Jose Police said in a statement.

The victims were an adult man who died at the scene, and an adult woman who died at a local hospital.

In a tweet this morning, Mayor Sam Liccardo offered his condolences for the victims.

Deadly church stabbing horrifies the community.

The church is on E San Fernando St near the San Jose State University Campus.


San Jose's Grace Baptist Church is seen in the above image.

Police say more information will be released when it becomes available.

According to local Fox affiliate KTUV, the church was part of an effort to provide shelter for the homeless. "Unhoused individuals were brought into the church to get them out of the cold". San Jose's homeless population has increased by 42 percent to 6,172, according to January's 2020 homeless census, mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and taken every two years.

The police said in a tweet that "this is a very active scene" and urged people to avoid the area amid an ongoing operation. Although horrified by this tragic incident, Grace Baptist Church will continue to help those in need.

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