Monday 16 May 2022 08:04 PM Asian-American man, 68, from Las Vegas is identified as California church gunman trends now
Police have identified the suspect who shot six elderly parishioners, killing one, at a Southern California church Sunday afternoon.
David Chou, 68, is accused of opening fire at a Taiwanese congregation that was meeting inside a church in Laguna Woods, about 50 mi southeast of Los Angeles.
Four of the victims remain in critical condition.
Chou, who is from Las Vegas, has been charged with one count of murder five counts of attempted murder.
Orange County deputies have not released any information about a possible motive for the grisly attack, which came one day after a white supremacist killed 10 people at a grocery store in upstate New York.
Chou is of Chinese descent, according to booking information. He's being held on $1 million bail.
A pastor hit Chou over the head with a chair shortly after he began his shooting spree. Elderly congregants, who say they've never seen him before, then took away his weapons and hogtied him with an electrical cord until police showed up.
The gunman is not believed to live in the area. Public records show he's been associated with a dozen different addresses since the late 1980s, pointing to the possibility that he's a property investor, the Orange County Register reports.
Police have identified the man who shot at elderly congregants at a Southern California church on Sunday afternoon as 68-year-old David Chou
Investigators outside the Geneva Presbyterian Church on Sunday after the fatal shooting
The shooting happened in the small city of Laguna Woods, about 55 mi south of Los Angeles
Chou is accused of carrying out the gruesome at Geneva Presbyterian Church.
About 40 parishioners witnessed the violence - but those who were present also helped to prevent further bloodshed by overpowering the shooter and tying him up.