Las Cruces Police and several other law enforcement agencies are investigating the circumstances surrounding explosive devices that were detonated Sunday morning at two local churches in New Mexico.
Police spokesman Dan Trujillo told the Las Cruces Sun News that the first explosion occurred near Calvary Baptist Church at about 8 a.m., while the next happened at Holy Cross Catholic Church about half an hour later. Holy Cross Catholic Church parishioners gather on the corner in Las Cruces, N.M., on Sunday, August 2, 2015 after a explosion occurred at the outside entrance of the church during mass. Churchgoers were l…
He says authorities are trying to determine if the incidents, which occurred a few miles apart, are related. “I mean, I knew it had to be more than a gunshot”, he said, according to the Las Cruces Sun News.
A mailbox was blasted at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, about 100 miles from the Mexico border, around 8 a.m. local time, the police statement said.
‘I didn’t know if it was a shotgun blast, I didn’t know what.
All masses have been canceled. Trujillo said police have advised other churches in the area “to be on the lookout for anything suspicious”.
The two explosions caused relatively minor damage at each location and no injuries have been reported.
Llewellyn said there were about 30 people inside the building when the explosion occurred.
Eyewitness Ann Marie Sullivan, a college student and parishioner at Holy Cross said: ‘I had just received communion and had gotten back to my chair when the police came up and said we need everyone to leave out the doors calmly.’.