Did religion play a role in Starbucks stabbing?

Did religion play a role in Starbucks stabbing?
Scott C. Fandrich appears in court on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. KATU photo.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The man accused of stabbing two people at a Starbucks in Vancouver may have gotten violent for religious reasons.

The crime happened around 5 p.m. Monday at the Starbucks at 11502 S.E. Mill Plain Boulevard.

Police said it all started when two men got into an argument and one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the other man in the stomach. Another person was also stabbed during the altercation, which took place in the parking lot of the Starbucks drive-through.

One of the victims ended up with minor injuries but 70-year-old Jerry Kush was badly hurt. He is in serious, but stable condition and is on a ventilator, according to his family. Kush, who regularly stops at that particular Starbucks, did not know the attacker.

The suspect, Scott C. Fandrich, was captured at the scene. People who know him told detectives that he had said in the past that he was willing to die for Islam. They said he was talking about religion with one of the victims just before the stabbing.