Church Violence: Man stabbed at Bishop Charles Blake’s Church


Church violence must End!

The incident occurred about 6 p.m. at Bishop Charles Blake’s church, the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard (map), said Sgt. Jorge Oseguera of the Los Angeles Police Department.

News video showed the victim on a stretcher, talking to Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics as they put him into an ambulance. Witnesses said he appeared to have a stab wound on his neck.

The victim was transported to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, Oseguera said. He was expected to recover.

It was not immediately clear if the man in custody was a member of the church. He had been seen loitering at the location for about an hour before the stabbing, church officials said.

“This is the environment that we’re called to serve,” said Minister Charles E. Blake II, the church’s assistant pastor. “This is where West Angeles is. These are the people that we’re serving. We will try to help anyone.”

“There have been certain situations when thing have gotten out of hand,” Blake said. “But … we have an excellent security team, and we want to provide the safest environment possible for people to be able to worship.”

Los Angeles police were at the scene Sunday night, conducting an investigation.

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