May 16, 2022: One person was dead and four others in “critical” condition after a shooting at a church near Los Angeles, law enforcement said Sunday, just one day after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in New York state.
Church goers were attending a banquet following a morning church service when the gunman began his rampage, authorities said.
The churchgoers subsequently detained the shooter and “hogtied his legs with an extension cord and confiscated at least two weapons” before officers arrived at the scene to apprehend him, Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock told a press conference.
Investigators were still searching for a motive, he said, adding that the alleged gunman, who was not injured during the incident, was believed to be an Asian adult male in his 60s.
The victims were mostly Asian and mostly of Taiwanese descent, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing authorities.
“One person is confirmed deceased at the scene,” Hallock said. “Four others are critical and one other victim sustained minor injuries.” All were adults.
Law enforcement said an emergency call had come from Geneva Presbyterian Church at 1:26 pm local time on Sunday afternoon.
Officials said they were still sorting through the timeline and details with the approximately 30 to 40 witnesses who were inside the building.
The office of California Governor Gavin Newsom said it was working with local officials to monitor the situation.
Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter, who represents Orange County in Washington, called the shooting “upsetting and disturbing news, especially less than a day after a mass shooting in Buffalo.” “This should not be our new normal.”
According to the sheriff’s department, the church is located in the town of Laguna Woods, 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The latest shooting comes one day after an 18-year-old white suspect shot dead 10 people and wounded three others – almost all of them Black – a grocery store in Buffalo, New York in what officials are calling a “racist” rampage.
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