Priest Shot, Killed During Potential Burglary at Arizona Catholic Church

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A shooting at a Catholic church in Phoenix left one priest dead and another one in critical condition, authorities said early Thursday.


A 2003 Mazda Tribute was stolen from a Pheonix, Ariz., during a possible burglary that resulted in one priest being shot and killed on Wednesday June 12, 2014. (Credit: KPHO)

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

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. One had gunshot wounds and later died at the hospital, Martos said.

The other priest is in critical condition, but authorities declined to 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, he said.