الخميس , يونيو 11 2020

Suspect sought in US priest attack

A police flyer of Reverend Kenneth WalkerPolice have issued flyers seeking information related to the death of the Reverend Kenneth Walker

Authorities have released a sketch of a suspect in the shooting death of an Arizona priest in an attack on a Roman Catholic church on Wednesday.

The suspect is said to be a white male between ages 40-49.

The description came from a second priest who was injured in the attack.

The Reverend Joseph Terra, 56, is in a critical condition in hospital after administering Last Rites to Father Kenneth Walker, 28, following the break-in at the church.

A $1,000 (£589) reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the incident.

‘No ill will’

Police are said to still be unsure if more than one suspect was involved, or if robbery was a motive in the attack at Mother of Mercy Mission in Phoenix.

A car belonging to Father Walker was found abandoned several blocks from the church after the crime.

Father Terra initially called authorities to report a burglary at the mission at about 21:00 local time on Wednesday,

Police later said Reverend Terra was physically harmed but not shot or stabbed, local media report.

Parishioner Bill Haley told the Associated Press news agency he had visited Reverend Terra in hospital and the priest was able to talk.

“He said nothing evil about the person who did this, expressed no ill will.”

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