California Church Shooter Identified, Police Say Hero Doctor Took Him Down

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The antheral accused of shooting six radical astatine a religion successful California connected May 15 was identified arsenic a Nevada nonmigratory who authorities accidental was taken down by a doctor.

David Wenwei Chou of Las Vegas was booked into the Orange County Jail connected 1 felony execution number and 5 felony counts of attempted murder. Chou is simply a U.S. national who was calved successful China, and has acquisition arsenic a information guard.

The fishy is being held connected $1 cardinal bond.

Authorities said Chou went into the Geneva Presbyterian Church successful Laguna Woods astir 1 p.m. connected Sunday, revealing a weapon and opening fire during a luncheon banquet.

Dr. John Cheng charged Chou and disarmed him, authorities said successful a briefing connected Monday.

“Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, determination is nary uncertainty determination would beryllium further victims,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes told reporters.

The involution allowed others to instrumentality action, with different parishioner hurling a seat astatine Chou.

Parishioners yet tied Chou’s legs and detained him until instrumentality enforcement officers arrived.

Cheng died from wounds helium suffered and was pronounced dormant astatine the scene. He leaves behind a woman and 2 young children.

Cheng’s online illustration says helium grew up successful Texas and was a board-certified doc and surgeon. “It is uncommon to find a household doc truthful good capable to springiness prime attraction successful specified a wide assortment of situations and arenas. His committedness to attraction conventionally and holistically for his patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs continues to delight his caller patients and semipermanent patients alike,” it states. He was employed by the South Coast Medical Group.

“We are each hurting contiguous for the community, for the victims, and specifically, for Dr. Cheng’s family,” said Kristi Johnson, the adjunct manager successful complaint of the Los Angeles Field Office.

Five radical were injured. They were identified arsenic 5 Asians aged 66 to 92. Four were male. Two are successful bully condition. Two are successful unchangeable condition. The 5th patient’s presumption is unclear.

Preliminary accusation indicates that Chou “was upset astir governmental tensions betwixt China and Taiwan,” according to Barnes.

A national hatred crimes probe was opened, with the FBI and U.S. prosecutors looking astatine what national charges tin beryllium brought against Chou.

Evidence suggests Chou “was motivated by immoderate benignant of hate,” Johnson said.

Two guns were recovered astatine the scene, arsenic was a compartment phone. One weapon was purchased successful 2015 portion the different was bought successful 2017, officials said.

A car Chou is believed to person driven to the religion is being examined, with grounds already collected linking the antheral to the crime.

Search warrants executed successful Las Vegas yielded physics devices.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and satellite news. He is based successful Maryland.