Wed, 06 Jul 2022

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Authorities have identified the suspect in a shooting that left one dead and five others injured on Sunday at a church in the western U.S. state of California.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Monday morning that the suspect, David Chou, has been booked on one felony count of murder and five felony counts of attempted murder.

The 68-year-old Las Vegas man is being held on 1 million U.S. dollars bail.

The shooting happened inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in the City of Laguna Woods in Southern California's Orange County around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The suspect opened fire on an Asian church congregation when the church was hosting a luncheon to honor a former pastor.

"When deputies arrived, they found the congregants had detained the suspect by tackling him then tying his legs with extension cords," said the Sheriff's Department on Sunday, adding that deputies located one deceased individual and five others who were injured.

Two firearms were recovered at the scene. The injured victims, four men between the ages of 66 and 92 and one 86-year-old woman, are all of Asian descent, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The identity of the deceased will be released pending official identification by the coroner and notification of next of kin.

It remains unclear what motivated the deadly shooting at the church. Officials said that the shooting investigation has continued through the night and teams continue to process the scene.

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