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One killed, five wounded in California church shooting

International Desk  | banglanews24.com
Update: 2022-05-16 12:55:41
One killed, five wounded in California church shooting Photo: Collected

A gunman has opened fire in a southern California church, killing one person and wounding five others before churchgoers detained the suspect and hog-tied him in what officials called an act of “exceptional heroism”.

The shooting was reported shortly before 1:30pm on Sunday (20:30 GMT) at the Geneva Presbyterian Church located in the town of Laguna Woods, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Los Angeles, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter.

All the victims were adults.

Jeff Hallock, the Undersheriff for Orange Country, said when deputies arrived the parishioners had the suspected gunman hog-tied.

The suspect, an unidentified man in his 60s, is now in police custody.

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

About 30 to 40 people were in the church when the shooting occurred, Hallock said, and two handguns were found at the scene.

“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.

He said the many unanswered questions include whether the assailant attended the church service, if he was known to church members and how many shots were fired. 

Source: BBC

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