(WLTX) -- One person was airlifted to a local hospital after being stabbed several times by another parishioner during a church service, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies say the incident happened at around 9:23 a.m. at St. Paul A.M.E. Church located at 1495 North St. Paul Church Road, Wedgefield, SC.
Deputies say the victim, who is believed to be in his 60s, was stabbed by a person who was sitting behind him. Billy Lewis, 65, of Wedgefield is charged with attempted murder and there could be additional charges filed later.
Witnesses told deputies that Lewis stood up during service and began attacking the man for no reason. There was a nurse in attendance who rendered aid until emergency services arrived.
We are told there were no other people injured.
Stabbing victim airlifted to Palmetto Richland. Suspect is 65 year old Billy Lewis. No known dispute between the two. pic.twitter.com/074JsxR0wU— JR Berry WLTX (@JRBerryWLTX) October 23, 2016