A boy aged 16 has been arrested after a member of the Church of Scientology was stabbed to death and another man injured outside its Australian headquarters in Sydney on Thursday, police have confirmed.
Leaders from the church declined to expound on the details that led to the stabbing, saying only "this very unfortunate matter is in the hands of the police" and "the victim was a beloved member of our church". He was being escorted away by two men when he produced a 10-inch kitchen knife and reportedly attacked the pair.
"With that knife he stabbed a 24-year-old".
The 16-year-old "was taken to Chatswood Police Station where he is assisting with inquiries" said New South Wales police.
Doctors couldn't save the 24-year-old Taiwanese national, killed during what's believed to be a church member's family dispute.
Police say the alleged stabbing occurred as the man was being escorted off the property in Sydney's north. "(The 16-year-old) was being walked out.
An older man, also an employee, was injured "superficially" and was in a stable condition.
The church's security alarm rang out at the bush-enclosed property on Greville Street for 10 minutes before an unmarked police auto arrived, neighbour Sharon Schwartz later told reporters.
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A young Scientologist, who asked not to be identified, said his mother was inside the facility and he couldn't get in to see her. "However, resulting from that incident, staff made the decision that he should leave the premises".
The police said the teenager had been asked to leave the premises "solely in relation" to a domestic altercation.
A man at the centre's reception told news.com.au he had "no idea" about the circumstances surrounding the incident.
"I came down when the first camera crew showed up but I was told it wasn't a huge deal", he told AAP.
The giant, 13,500 square metre building, opened in September 2016, was bought by the church for a reported $37 million in 2014.
"It offers a lot of services other [Scientology properties] don't".
The centre houses 60 auditing rooms, where church members receive spiritual guidance, as well as training sites for new auditors.
Scientology was accorded the status of an official religion, which gives it tax exemption, in Australia in 1983.