- A 65-year old man stabbed another person at a church in South Carolina
- The perpetrator apparently has a history of mental illness
- The wounded victim had to be airlifted to a hospital
A man attending St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, at Cherryvale, South Carolina, was stabbed by a fellow parishioner for no apparent reason on Sunday. In what officials have called a “random act of violence”, 65-year old Billy Lewis suddenly stood up and attacked the man who was sitting in front of him.
Both the victim and the suspect belong to the same church. Lewis, who comes from the community of Wedgefield, stabbed the other person three times. There was apparently no argument or animosity between the two.
Although the wounds were reported to look serious, the man -who is also in his 60s but has not been identified- appeared to be in stable condition. A nurse who was attending the service aided him, and then he was airlifted to a local hospital.
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Lewis has a history of mental illness, but not of violence, so the attack “is a surprise to all of us”, declared the local sheriff. The church’s pastor, who has not made any public appearance yet, said he was praying for both the stabbed victim and the perpetrator.
The man sustained injuries to his neck, shoulder and head. Lewis has been charged with attempted murder. His hearing is due today.