Virginia church pastor was target of stabbing attack that injured several

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Credit: Fairfax County PD Chance Harrison, 32, of South Riding was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of felony assault on a police officer and one count of misdemeanor assault.

As hatred for Christianity flares up in a hot summer preceding a presidential election, some deranged anti-Christians are turning from harming to statues to attacking real, living churchgoers.

A stabbing at a Northern Virginia church left multiple people hurt on July 18. The incident occurred during a Bible study session, around 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grace Covenant Church.

Two church members stepped into the path of the attacker, who was apparently going after the pastor, according to the Fairfax County Police Department and Grace Covenant. Those two people were injured, as was the pastor himself. One of the members and the pastor were taken to a nearby hospital but their injuries were not life-threatening, according to WUSA9.

Members of the congregation and Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler, who happened to be on the scene, helped restrain the suspect, 32-year-old Chance Harrison from South Riding. Harrison is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of felony assault on a police officer and one count of misdemeanor assault.

Chief Roessler suffered minor injuries subduing Harrison.

Brett Fuller works at Grace Covenant Church and said they are thankful for those who helped restrain Harrison.

“We are in prayer for all the injured,” Fuller said. “We are grateful for the courage exhibited that prevented worse from happening. Lastly, we want to thank the broader community for their outpouring of concern and support in this time.”

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