RIVERSIDE (CBSLA)  — Mass was interrupted Sunday at a church in Riverside when a man came rushing in saying he was going to shoot everyone.

Video showed a woman racing in and saying, “We’re all going to die” in Spanish, causing even more panic.

Predictably, people got scared, authorities said.

Officials said the woman ran into the Queen of the Angels church believing the man was armed. Moments later, witness Michelle Cardona said everyone in the back of the church began sitting and ducking down.

At this point, a man ran in saying, “Everyone down, there’s someone in the back with a gun. He’s going to kill all of us.”

As a precaution, police were dispatched to churches and houses of worship in the immediate area.

CBS2/KCAL9’s Jake Reiner says the suspect was detained near an outdoor swap meet located in the 300 block of Van Buren.

No weapon was found on the suspect or his vehicle.

The suspect was identified as a Riverside man. No motive was given for the threat.

Authorities are mulling several charges including making criminal threats.

Despite the fear of some congregants, evening mass went on as planned, around 7 p.m.

All was peaceful and calm, but Reiner says Cardona told him she isn’t sure she would be coming back next Sunday.

Cardona and her family attend the services here ever week.

She said while the man was yelling about everyone being killed, she really couldn’t make out what he was saying, because he was behind glass doors.  But the woman who first cried out told Cardona the man was praying by a fountain of holy water and said, “God forgive me for what I’m about to do” and he threw a cross on the ground.

Cardona called 911 and also ducked down with her little brother and sister. She began recording the strange incident.

In the meantime, a priest tried to keep everyone calm continuing with the mass by singing and praying.

“I thought that was really beautiful,” says Cardona, “that he was still remaining calm.”

The fact the suspect has been taken into custody also gives her some sense of relief.

“At church today, someone said we’re not going to die, we’re going to be safe. We’re in God’s arms. No one got hurt, we were all safe so I feel like with that we can still keep going to church.”

 

Comments (25)
  1. Emajean Brown says:

    Is this illegal?

  2. Paul says:

    In our Church the crazy nut after yelling “I have a gun and going to shoot you all” five conceal and carry members would have a bulls eye on him. Too bad Churches have to protect against this type of thing nowadays.

    1. John Kaffen says:

      THIS is a reason many conceal carry in my church. God is with us and given us the means and the ability to protect his flock…and WE WILL!

    2. Samuel Green says:

      It’s not just churches my friend. Any place of worship is usually a very soft target, and a favorite target for terrorists and lunatics.

      1. Jason Ledd says:

        And schools are the least safe. Hopefully, people get a clue and insist that teachers keep guns to protect children from crazy.

  3. “The suspect was identified as a Riverside man.”

    Way to journalism.

  4. Carter Gwynn says:

    What a nonstory. Saw it on Drudge. Apparently they didn’t not read it before posting.

  5. In California, only Jews are allowed to have armed guards at their Moloch alters.

    1. Samuel Green says:

      …even stuck on stupid anti semites like you get to have an opinion.

  6. Jimmy Carter says:

    The people in the church apparently didn’t have much faith in commiefornia’s gun control laws…

  7. Bob Suyak says:

    Ca has a bad infestation of a..holes.

  8. California? Only criminals are armed in California. That’s why all the targets are so soft.

  9. Man, these guys really don’t do their homework do they? I believe the portion of the church behind the glass doors is the Sanctuary, the whole facility is the church.
    Of course the teenage girl, who is probably the only one who speaks English so they interviewed her instead of an adult, is not going to church it’s built-in excuse.
    Finally, the only reason he was identified as a “Riverside man” because he is probably illegal, and like Muslims, is not PC to show how much crime they do commit.

  10. Luis Martinez says:

    Why didn’t this story ends with a trip to the ER after a severe beating? Are there no men left in the US.