Suspect in Laguna Woods church shooting called “too radical” for Chinese communist group – Press Telegram

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Suspected in a mass shooting at a Taiwanese church on Sunday in Laguna Woods killing one person and injuring five others According to media reports, he was linked to a pro-Chinese organization, a member of which called it “too radical” for the group.

The Taipei Times on Tuesday reported that 68-year-old David Wenwei Zhou, who faces one murder and five assassination attempts, apparently belonged to the semi-official Chinese organization “Chinese for Peaceful Unification” from Las Vegas. Communist Party.

According to an article from April 3, 2019, published by the Las Vegas Chinese News Network, Zhou attended the group’s founding ceremony and was an outspoken supporter of the presidential bid of former Taiwanese Mayor Han Kuo Yu.

The newspaper reported that the photo, accompanied by the article, shows Zhou, also known as Zhou Wenwei, displaying a banner at the meeting calling for the “extermination of separatist demons” written in Chinese.

Gu Yawen, president of the Organization for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification in Las Vegas, told Taiwan’s Central News Agency that Zhou was “uninvited” and she thought his beliefs were too extreme, so she kept her distance from him.

After mid-2019, Zhou did not participate in any of the activities of the council and since then is no longer a member of the organization, according to the Central News Agency.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which said the attack on members of the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods was caused by Zhou’s resentment of Taiwan, declined to say whether the suspect belonged to any pro-Chinese organizations.

Any involvement of the suspect in the organization will be part of the investigation, “said Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Brown. “We are not disclosing which organizations may be involved at this time.”

Zhou, who sometimes called himself a “professor”, taught at the Department of Applied Life Sciences at Pintong University of Science and Technology, but after the end of his one-year contract he was not renewed, according to the Central News Agency.

Zhou was born in Taiwan in 1953 and lived there before immigrating to the United States, said Louis Huang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Bureau in Los Angeles.

After entering the United States, Chow lived in many states, including Florida and Texas, before settling in Las Vegas, where he worked for various security firms and owned a four-story complex outside the strip.

In a 2012 interview, Zhou told the Las Vegas Chinese News Network that he came to Las Vegas to invest in 12 apartments, and ended up managing eight of them behind the city’s convention center.

According to him, in April 2012, two tenants tricked him into an apartment that was going to pay rent, and then attacked him, hitting him in the face and iron on the head, according to the network.

He told the news organization that he hit one of the attackers with scissors before fainting. According to the network, as a result of the attack, Zhou received more than 30 stitches on his face, an elbow fracture and partial deafness in one ear.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said Chow drove more than 272 miles from Las Vegas to Lagoon Woods on Saturday.

The next day he went to the Geneva Presbyterian Church and opened fire on a group of elderly members of the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church who were having dinner for their former pastor.

Dr. John Cheng, a family practice and sports medicine specialist from Laguna Niguel, took on the suspect before he was shot. Four other church members, ages 66 to 92, were also shot but are expected to survive.

After the shooting, supporters subdued and tied Zhou with electric cords, waiting for the arrival of deputies.

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