2 Wounded, 1 Critically, in Stabbing Near Azusa Church

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Two people were stabbed near a church in Azusa on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, police said. (Credit: Google Maps)

An attacker was being sought after two people were stabbed and wounded, one critically, Sunday afternoon near a church in Azusa, police said.

Officers responded about 1:06 p.m. to the 600 block of East Fifth Street, where one of the victims was found inside the house of worship and the other was in the parking lot, according to a news release from the Azusa Police Department.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the two patients to a hospital in critical and stable condition, respectively, the statement said. Their identities were not immediately released.

An investigation indicated the assailant stabbed the victims with an unknown object during an altercation, police said. The injured persons then made their way to the nearby church while the attacker fled the scene.

“The only information about the suspect at this time is that he is a male,” the statement said.

Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s crime lab were assisting Azusa police detectives in the investigation.

The incident did not appear to be gang-related, according to officials.

Anyone with information was asked to call 626-812-3200. Anonymous tips can be submitted at azusapd.org.