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One priest shot dead in Arizona Catholic church, another injured

Published on Jun 13, 2014 9:53 AM
 
Parishioners arrive to pray, outside the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission Catholic church in Phoenix, Arizona on June 12, 2014. Police were hunting for a gunman or gunmen who killed one priest and injured another at a Catholic church in Arizona. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Police were hunting for a gunman or gunmen who killed one priest and injured another at a Catholic church in Arizona.

The priest who survived was able to give the last rites to his fatally-hit colleague before he died, police told reporters after the mystery attack on Wednesday night in Phoenix.

An intruder or intruders broke into the Mother of Mercy church around 9.30pm local time on Wednesday. A 911 emergency call for burglary was made by Father Joseph Terra, as he comforted his dying colleague, Father Kenneth Walker.

"How can a person break into a church? How can a person assault a man of the cloth? How can a person take a person's life, especially a priest? It's sad," said local councillor Mike Nowakowski.

 
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