Guards attacked at largest Catholic church in the US
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Two security guards are in the hospital after an attack at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the largest Catholic church in the U.S.

A male suspect, who has now been taken into custody by Washington law enforcement, allegedly struck a female security guard at the church with his vehicle at approximately 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, WTOP reported. The suspect then allegedly stabbed a male security guard inside of the church. 


Officials said the woman was struck and the man was stabbed several times, according to WTOP.

The Basilica tweeted Tuesday that both the man and the woman were security staff and that the alleged attacker knew them both.

No visitors were harmed in the incident.

The suspect’s vehicle was found near Georgia Avenue and Sheridan Street in Washington. The suspect reportedly fled after the attack and barricaded himself inside a nearby home. He was arrested about two hours after the attack and was taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries, WTOP reported.

The Hill has reached out to the Metropolitan Police Department for comment.