Congregants used an extension twine to hogtie the shooter and held him down till deputies arrived, authorities mentioned.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — An investigation continued Monday to find out the explanation an Asian man allegedly shot one man to dying and wounded 5 others at a predominantly Taiwanese Laguna Woods church Sunday earlier than congregants tackled and hogtied him with an extension twine.
David Wenwei Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, Nevada was booked on suspicion of 1 rely of homicide and 5 counts of tried homicide, based on the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Four of the victims stay hospitalized in important situation, authorities mentioned.
“That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism and bravery,” Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock mentioned from the scene, including, “It’s safe to say that had they not intervened, this situation could have been much worse.”
According to the sheriff’s division, the 5 wounded victims had been described as:
— and an 86-year-old lady.
The deceased sufferer was described solely as a person.
None of their names have been launched, however authorities deliberate to conduct a information convention at midday Monday to supply an replace on the investigation.
The OCSD mentioned the taking pictures occurred round 1:25 p.m. Sunday inside Geneva Presbyterian Church at 24301 El Toro Road.
“Four victims have been critically wounded, one with minor injuries. All victims are adults, and are en route to the hospital. One victim is deceased at the scene,” the division mentioned.
Hallock mentioned numerous the folks contained in the church throughout the taking pictures had been of Taiwanese descent. The assault occurred throughout a banquet following the morning service and churchgoers detained the person, tying him up with an extension twine.
Two handguns had been taken from the attacker, now recognized as Chou. His motive was not clear, however Chou was taken into custody at the scene, Hallock mentioned.
It was unclear whether or not Chou had any connections to the church or its congregants, the sheriff’s division mentioned in a press launch.
“We are committed to fully investigating and sharing as much information as possible while maintaining the integrity of the investigation,” the sheriff’s division tweeted.
Congregant Jerry Chen, 72, advised the Los Angeles Times he was in a close-by kitchen at the church simply earlier than 1:30 p.m. Sunday when he heard the photographs.
“I heard the gun sounds,” he mentioned. “Then, I heard two or three more gunshots. He was just randomly shooting.”
Chen advised the Times he then noticed the pastor, Billy Chang, hit the gunman with a chair when the shooter paused to reload his weapon. That’s when different members of the congregation tackled him.
The Los Angeles department of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives despatched particular brokers to Laguna Woods to help the OCSD with its investigation.
Stephen Galloway, the assistant particular agent in cost of the Los Angeles office, mentioned the company has positioned an emergency hint on the handguns recovered at the scene. The hint was despatched to the ATF’s office in West Virginia and may return rapidly to the ATF’s native area office in Orange County. Once they get the hint info, the subsequent step will likely be to determine the sellers who offered the person his handguns, Galloway mentioned.
Kristi Johnson, agent in cost of the native FBI office, mentioned the bureau was offering additional resources to help the sheriff’s division in their investigation. “Right now we are working very hard to provide a motive for the shooting. This is critically important.”
The bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit was on scene.
Laguna Woods is a “relatively exclusive (community) for people 55 and older,” based on authorities. “It opened as Leisure World in 1964. It became the county’s 32nd city in 1999.”
Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett of the Fifth District mentioned the board was ensuring psychological well being professionals could be made obtainable to these impacted by the taking pictures.
El Toro Road was closed between Calle Sonora and Canyon Wren, and folks had been urged to keep away from the world.
“A shooting at a church in Laguna Woods has left multiple people injured and one deceased. This is upsetting and disturbing news, especially less than a day after a mass shooting in Buffalo,” mentioned Rep. Katie Porter, D- Irvine, whose district contains Laguna Woods. “This should not be our new normal. I will work hard to support the victims and their families.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn additionally weighed in, releasing the next assertion concerning lethal gun violence in each Buffalo, New York and Orange County. “We cannot be a nation where multiple mass shootings in a single weekend is normal, where gun violence and the hate that so often drives it is tolerated. We need Congress to do something and pass the same, commonsense gun laws that every other modernized democracy has in place, and here in L.A. County, I am committed to getting as many guns off the street as I can.”
The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted the following statement:
“We are actively monitoring the shooting at a church in Laguna Woods and working closely with local law enforcement. No one should have to fear going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, community, and all those impacted by this tragic event.”
The taking pictures got here sooner or later after a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, was focused by a closely armed shooter who killed 10 folks and wounded three others. Authorities arrested an 18-year-old man in that crime, which they mentioned was racially motivated. Eleven of the 13 victims had been Black.
Sen. Dave Min, D-Irvine, issued an announcement extending his “thoughts and prayers,” including, “It is almost unthinkable that one of the safest places in the country would be hit by the specter of gun violence.”
“We should refuse to accept these tragedies as the new normal in our schools, our houses of worship or anywhere,” Min mentioned.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, issued an announcement, saying, “It is horrifying to be grieving yet one more tragic taking pictures in simply 72 hours — one other weekend in America outlined by mindless violence.
“Tonight, my heart is with the congregants of Geneva Presbyterian Church and the entire Laguna Woods community as they mourn and pray for their loved ones. My heart is also with those in Buffalo, in Milwaukee, and every community torn apart by gun violence.”
Schiff concluded by including, “I will never accept this bloodshed as unavoidable. It can be stopped. But as we’ve seen over the past few days, months and years, unless we take immediate action on gun safety measures, history will repeat itself. Again and again. Enough is enough. We must act.”
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