1 priest killed, another wounded in Phoenix church shooting

phoenix priest shooting

PHOENIX (CNN) – A shooting at a Catholic church in Phoenix killed one priest, and wounded another, who remains in critical condition.

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

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.

A 26-year-old priest had gunshot wounds and later died at the hospital. Another 56-year-old priest was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, but authorities did not 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, Martos said.

Police say they don’t have a motive for the crime or any suspects.

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