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Churchgoers hog-tie gunman after shooting in California church kills one

Sports & General May 16, 2022 05:02AM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. The Geneva Presbyterian Church is seen after a deadly shooting, in Laguna Woods, California, U.S. May 15, 2022. REUTERS/David Swanson 2/2

By Dawn Chmielewski

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -A gunman opened fire in a Southern California church during a lunch banquet on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five, before churchgoers detained the suspect and hog-tied his legs with an electrical cord, authorities said.

Police responded to the incident that unfolded at about 1:30 p.m. local time (2039 GMT) at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods and arrested an unidentified suspect in his 60s, Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock told a news conference.

"That group of churchgoers displayed ... exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to stop the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented additional injuries and fatalities," he said.

One person died at the scene while four other victims were critically wounded. Another person suffered minor injuries, he said. All of the injured were taken to hospitals.

About 30 to 40 people were in the church when the shooting occurred, Hallock said.

"At this time, we do not know what the suspect's motive may be or whether he had an intended target, or whether this is even a hate-related incident," Hallock said, adding that authorities believe the suspect does not live in the area.

Two handguns were found at the scene.

"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," Governor Gavin Newsom's office said on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR).

It was at least the second mass shooting of the weekend in the United States, which has been plagued with gun violence in recent years. In Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, a white 18-year-old man opened fire at a supermarket in a mostly Black neighborhood, killing 10 and wounding three in what authorities described as a purely racist attack.

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mark johnson
mark johnson May 15, 2022 10:47PM ET
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What kind of church doesn’t have at least one member carrying a licensed concealed firearm with permit etc. weird.
Jam Tha
Jam Tha May 15, 2022 10:47PM ET
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American gunman terrorist
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 15, 2022 10:47PM ET
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what gun would Jesus carry?
mark johnson
mark johnson May 15, 2022 10:47PM ET
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When Jesus returns will be carrying a sword according to the Bible. He did tell his disciples to go buy swords and I believe King David “a man after Gods own heart” not only carried a sword but he also killed many many hundreds of people in battle personally as well as one very ery large Philistine with a stone using a sling—-but that was when he was still a kid. He eventually got a sword and used it a lot.
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Jose Cabreja May 15, 2022 6:42PM ET
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must be an election yr..rinse. repeat
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Van Doza May 15, 2022 6:32PM ET
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We can reasonably conclude that the shooter hates Christians. Start looking in the radicalized pro-choice ranks where firearms familiarity is probably light and knowledge of effective *******tactics beyond one fetus at a time is rare.
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"We can reasonably conclude that the shooter hates Christians."  -- can you?  jumping to conclusion much?  so in your alt right world, when that Atlanta shooter went to the massage parlor for his mass shooting, he wasn't there to ***asian people, but rather he hates masseurs?  yeah OK
 
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