One person was killed, five more were killed at a church in Laguna Woods in the south California on Sunday afternoon.
Six people were injured by firearms after an Asian man, about 60 years old, opened fire on a Presbyterian church in Geneva.
About 40 people witnessed the violence, but the faithful present also helped prevent further bloodshed by overcoming the shooter and being able to tie him up until police arrived.
Two weapons were found in the shooter, which were quickly removed.
One of the victims was fatally wounded and died at the scene in the church.
Four of the other victims were seriously injured and a fifth was lightly injured.
It is believed that most of those in the church are of Taiwanese descent and have gathered to honor the former pastor of the church for which dinner was held after Sunday’s service.
The possible motives for the shooting, which took place in Simpson Hall and not in the main auditorium, where the services are held, are not reported.
Most of those in the building were Taiwanese or Taiwanese.
Investigators looked at a number of factors, including whether bloodshed could be a hate crime and whether the gunman was known to the church community.
“The Presbytery of Los Ranchas is deeply saddened by the fatal shooting that took place over a dinner in honor of the former pastor of the Taiwanese Congregation, which nests at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods.
“According to the first information, one person died and several others were seriously injured. Please keep the leadership of the Taiwan Congregation and Geneva in their prayers as they care for those affected by this shooting. In Your mercy, Lord, we pray. the diocese said in a statement.
The Orange County Fire Department said it was at the scene, assisting the victims and taking a number of people to the hospital shortly before 1:25 p.m. Sunday afternoon. All the victims were adults.
The city of 18,000 people consists of Laguna Woods Village, a retirement community for people 55 and older, once known as Leisure World.
More than 80% of the city’s residents about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles are at least 65 years old.
Several people were shot dead at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods
On Sunday, after the fatal shooting, investigators gathered near the Presbyterian Church in Geneva in Laguna Woods, California.
On Sunday afternoon in the church you could see any ambulances
Deputy Sheriff Jeff Halak talks to the media after Sunday’s shooting
Orange County Sheriff reported details of what happened Sunday afternoon on Twitter
The shooting took place in the small town of Laguna Woods, about 55 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The shooting took place around 1:25 p.m. on Sunday in a retirement town in Laguna Woods
Several victims were shot. More information will follow, PIO on the road, ”the Orange County Sheriff wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
Minutes after initial reports, the department reported that one person had been detained and that lawmakers had found a gun that could have been involved in the shooting.
Doctors from the Orange County Fire Department worked to help the victims at the scene and deliver those in need of further assistance to district hospitals.
Special agents from the Los Angeles branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are said to be being sent to help with the investigation.
The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Twitter that he was closely monitoring the situation.
“No one should be afraid to go to a place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, the community and all those affected by this tragic event, ”the tweet said.
“This is sad and disturbing news, especially less than a day after the Buffalo massacre,” said Katie Porter, a spokeswoman for Laguna Woods. “It doesn’t have to be our new normal. I will work hard to support the victims and their families. ”
The incident took place in an area with many houses of worship, including a Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist church and a Jewish synagogue.
On its website, the Geneva Presbyterian Church describes its mission as “remembering, telling and living like Jesus, being just, kind and humble.”
“They are invited here. Indeed, we mean it! … Geneva strives to be an inclusive congregation that worships, learns, connects, gives and serves together. ”
Sandria Chow stands in front of the police tape and is waiting for her parents after the shooting that took place on Sunday
Police cars visible after fatal shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California
Police tape visible after shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California
Geneva Presbyterian Church pictured after deadly shooting in Laguna Woods, California
Law enforcement officers saw after the fatal shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California
A number of police cars, fire engines and ambulances could be seen near the church.
A fire truck is visible near the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods
A passing driver took pictures of several fire engines that were on the scene after the shooting.
In the footage posted on Facebook, you could see a helicopter rushing to the scene
One person who got into traffic near the church posted a photo of the incident on Sunday lunch on Twitter
Authorities urged residents to avoid the area as the El Toro road was closed between Calais Sonora and Canyon Rennes while the investigation continued.
It was at least the second mass shooting over the weekend in the United States, which has suffered from gun use in recent years.
On Saturday, a supporter of white supremacy killed 10 people during a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo.
It is alleged that 18-year-old Peyton Hendron shot more than 13 people, most of them black.
Authorities say they suspect it was a racially motivated attack.
It is believed that the shooter also conducted a live broadcast of the riot. Hendron pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
He is due back in court on Thursday and is currently in suicide custody.
Police tape tapes the sidewalk near the Geneva Presbyterian Church, the site of an early afternoon shooting in Laguna Woods
Police tape tapes the sidewalk near the Geneva Presbyterian Church, the scene of the shooting on Sunday afternoon
The Geneva Presbyterian Church at 24301 El Toro Rd, Laguna Woods, CA, is pictured on the church’s Facebook page.
The photo file as the church usually looks like can be seen from its Facebook page