The suspect in the shooting at a California church “had 4 devices similar to a Molotov cocktail, and was angry over the conflict between Taiwan and China”

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It is believed that the suspect in the shooting at the California church had four devices similar to a Molotov cocktail when he was taken into custody.

68-year-old David Chow arrived in Orange County from Las Vegas on Saturday before attending lunch at Geneva Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

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David Chow, 68, has been charged with suspected murder and attempted murder after allegedly shooting a church in Southern CaliforniaCredit: AP
Investigators believe Zhou was motivated by hatred for Taiwan and its people

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Investigators believe Zhou was motivated by hatred for Taiwan and its peopleAuthor: AFP

A Chinese-born man allegedly motivated by hatred for Taiwan closed the doors of Laguna Woods Church and hid a bomb on the property before opening fire on the crowd.

About 40 people were in the church attending a luncheon hosted by the Irvine Presbyterian Church, which holds services every Sunday at the Geneva Presbyterian Church.

Zhou had two 9mm pistols and two bags, one with four Molotov cocktail-like guns and the other with more ammunition.

During the riot, 52-year-old Dr. John Cheng collided with Zhou, trying to stop him. Other parishioners were able to subdue the militant and tie him with extension cords.

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Chen was killed and five others were injured. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes called Cheng’s actions a “meeting of good and evil” and that he probably saved the lives of “more than a dozen people.”

Zhou was charged with suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He is currently on $ 1 million bail and is expected to stand trial on Tuesday.

A federal hate crime investigation is currently underway.

According to Barnes, Zhou acted alone and did not attend church regularly.

“It is believed that it is not affiliated with any particular church or religion, and there is no direct connection to the church or any member of the church that we know of,” Barnes said.

Zhou’s motives are believed to have stemmed from hostilities between Zhou, a Chinese-born U.S. citizen, and the Taiwanese community.

LIFE HAS BEEN REVEALED

According to Balmar Orellana, a former neighbor who spoke with Associated PressZhou was a nice man until he and his wife broke up.

The man owned his apartment building in Las Vegas until February this year, and records show the property was sold last October for just over $ 500,000.

Orellana said Zhou’s wife used the money to move to Taiwan.

Orange County Attorney Todd Spitzer said some members of the Zhou family were among many who were forcibly deported from China to Taiwan after 1948.

Law enforcement also found handwritten notes documenting Zhou’s hatred of the island.

“I will tell you that there was evil in this church,” said Spitzer of Chow, adding that the man had “absolute bias” against the Taiwanese.

“I join the families of the victims and Taiwanese American communities in grief and pray for the speedy recovery of the survivors,” wrote Taiwan’s chief representative in the United States. Bi-chem Xiao.

The shooting took place only a day later An 18-year-old suspect shot and killed 10 people in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, as a result of a racial attack.

Dr. John Cheng was killed after fighting Chow to prevent him from shooting at others

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Dr. John Cheng was killed after fighting Chow to prevent him from shooting at othersCredit: AP
A federal hate crime is currently under investigation, police said

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A federal hate crime is currently under investigation, police saidCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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