At least three people were shot inside of a New Jersey church service Sunday morning, MyFOXNY is reporting.
Congregants were attending the morning service at the St. Thomas Knanaya Church in Clifton when shots were reported at 11:40 a.m. According to the church’s Web Site, service traditionally begins at 11:15 a.m.
Officials from the Passaic County sheriff’s department and the prosecutor’s office were at the scene, MyFOXNY reported.
According to NorthJersey.com, St. Thomas Knanaya is an Indian Orthodox Church thought to be the only one in the area. People at the scene said that the shooting took place during a prayer service for the dead.
Congregants have not yet been allowed to leave the church, NorthJersey.com reported.
Unconfirmed reports said that the Port Authority Police and the State Police have been notified that a suspect may be trying to evade capture by fleeing to one of the nearby metropolitan airports, MyFOXNY said.