One person is dead, four others are “seriously” injured and another has “light” injuries after a gunman opened fire inside a Southern California church on Sunday afternoon.
Emergency dispatchers received a call about a shooting inside the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods at 1:26 p.m. PT on May 15, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
All of the victims are adults and have been admitted to area hospitals.
A suspect was arrested at the scene and a weapon was recovered, police said.
The church in Laguna Woods — a town of about 16,000 about 50 miles south of Los Angeles — held its weekly in-person worship services earlier on Sunday.
A statement from Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said officials “no one should have to worry about going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, the community and all those affected by this tragic event. »
The shooting comes a day after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in a seemingly racist attack in Buffalo, New York, among the deadliest mass shootings of 2022.
Law enforcement: many people inside the church were Taiwanese
Officials from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that many of the approximately 30 people who were inside the Geneva Presbyterian Church at the time of the shooting were Taiwanese.
The church hosts services for the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Irvine.
Alex WoodwardMay 15, 2022 11:53 p.m.
Most of Laguna Woods is in an age-restricted community
Most of the population of Laguna Woods, about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles, lives in a large age-restricted community formerly known as Leisure World, where at least one member of a household must be 55 or older.
The city is also about 10 miles from the University of California at Irvine.
Alex WoodwardMay 15, 2022 11:46 p.m.
California congressman: ‘This is a nationwide outbreak’
US Representative from California Katie Porter, who represents part of Orange County in Congress, said that following the shootings in Laguna Woods and Buffalo, the shootings have become “a nationwide epidemic”.
“We need elected officials across the country and at all levels of government to step up and lead, not just to think and pray,” she said.
In another statement, she said “this shouldn’t be our new normal.”
Alex WoodwardMay 15, 2022 11:34 p.m.
Governor’s office surveillance scene: ‘No one should be afraid to go to their place of worship’
A statement from the office of California Governor Gaving Newsom says “no one should have to fear going to their place of worship.”
“Our thoughts are with the victims, the community and all those affected by this tragic event,” the statement said.
Alex WoodwardMay 15, 2022 11:25 p.m.
One dead and four ‘seriously’ injured in church attack
What we know about the Orange County shooting so far:
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