1 dead, 4 seriously injured after shooting inside Orange County church, police say

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At least one person is dead and four people seriously injured after a shooting inside a church in Orange County, California on Sunday, police said. A suspect is in custody, police said Sunday afternoon, and two handguns were recovered from the scene.

the The Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted On Sunday afternoon, they received a call for gunfire at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods shortly before 1:30 p.m. PT. Police said it appeared to be a lunchtime banquet after the morning service, with around 30 to 40 people in attendance. The reception honored a former pastor of the Taiwanese congregation that nests at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, according to Tom Cramer, a leader of Los Ranchos Presbytery, an administrative arm of the church.

Police told a news conference on Sunday afternoon that worshipers arrested the suspect after he opened fire and tied him down with extension cords, taking away at least two guns. Both weapons were handguns and authorities said they were commercially manufactured weapons.

“This group of worshipers displayed exceptional heroism, heroism and bravery in intervening or intervening to arrest the suspect,” Deputy Sheriff Jeff Hallock said. “They have undoubtedly avoided further injury and death.”

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Crime scene tape is stretched across an area of ​​the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif., Sunday, May 15, 2022, after a fatal shooting.

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The suspect was not injured in the incident. Police are investigating whether he has a connection to the church or if it was a hate-related incident, Hallock said.

Police said the victims were all adults. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, four were seriously injured and one was slightly injured, the sheriff’s office said.

The FBI is involved in the investigation.

According to CBS Los AngelesLaguna Woods is a community made up mostly of people considered seniors, with 82% of residents said to be over the age of 65, as detailed by the United States Census Bureau.

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