California (US)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department reported that one person was killed and five others were injured in Laguna Woods, California. The attack took place in a church.
Authorities said that several people were shot, including one fatally, at a church in Laguna Woods in Southern California.
A suspect has been detained in connection with the shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, authorities said. Police said that a group of parishioners arrested the gunman and hog-tied his legs with an extension cord. The churchgoers also confiscated at least two weapons from him.
Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock said at a news conference. that “That group of churchgoers displayed exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to stop the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented additional injuries and fatalities,”
One person arrested
Authorities said that a suspect is an Asian man in his 60s. The motive behind the shooting was not immediately known.
Investigators don`t believe the gunman lives in the community, Hallock said.
The majority of those inside the church at the time was believed to be of Taiwanese descent, Carrie Braun, a sheriff’s spokesperson, told the media. One person died at the scene. Police said the injured were currently being treated in a hospital and their condition was not yet known.
“Deputies are responding to reports of a shooting at a church,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had tweeted earlier. “Multiple victims have been shot,” the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators were looking at many factors, including whether the bloodshed could be a hate crime and whether the gunman was known to the church community, said sheriff’s spokesperson Braun.