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Suspect ‘had Molotov cocktail-like devices in hate attack against Taiwanese

THE California Church shooting suspect allegedly had four Molotov cocktail-like devices in his possession when he was taken into police custody.

David Chou, 68, drove to Orange County from Las Vegas on Saturday before attending a lunch at the Geneva Presbyterian Church 在星期天, 警察说.

David Chou, 68, was charged with suspicion of murder and attempted murder after allegedly committing a shooting at a church in Southern California

David Chou, 68, was charged with suspicion of murder and attempted murder after allegedly committing a shooting at a church in Southern California信用: 美联社
Investigators believe Chou was motivated by hatred against Taiwan and its people

Investigators believe Chou was motivated by hatred against Taiwan and its people信用: 法新社

The Chinese-born suspect allegedly changed the doors of the Laguna Woods church shut and hid firebombs on the property before opening fire into the crowd.

Chou was reportedly motivated by the Taiwan-China conflict.

关于 40 people were inside the church, attending a lunch held by the Irvine Presbyterian Church which holds service at the Geneva Presbyterian Church every Sunday.

据警方称, Chou had two 9mm handguns and two bagsone containing four Molotov cocktail-like devices and the other with more ammunition.

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During the rampage, 博士. John Cheng, 52, tackled Chou in an attempt to stop him. Other parishioners were able to subdue the gunman and hogtie him with extension cords.

Cheng’s ultimately died and five others were wounded. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes called Cheng’s actions “a meeting of good versus evil” and that he likely saved the lives “of upwards of dozens of people.”

Chou was charged with suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He is currently being held on $1million bail and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

A federal hate crimes investigation is currently ongoing.

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According to Barnes, Chou acted alone and didn’t regularly attend church.

“He is not believed to be associated with any specific church or any religion, and there’s no direct connection to the church or any member of the church that we’re aware of,” said Barnes.

It is believed that Chou’s motives stemmed from hostility between Chou, a US citizen born in China, and the Taiwanese community.

LIFE UNRAVELED

According to Balmore Orellana, a former neighbor who spoke to the 美联社, Chou was a pleasant person until he and his wife had separated.

The man had owned his 拉斯维加斯 apartment building until February of this year with records showing the property was sold last October for a little over $500,000.

Orellana said that Chou’s wife had used the money to move to Taiwan.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said that some of Chou’s family members had been among many who were forcibly removed from China to Taiwan after 1948.

Law enforcement also found hand-written notes documenting Chou’s hatred toward the island.

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

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“I join the families of the victims and Taiwanese American communities in grief and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded survivors,” wrote Taiwan’s chief representative in the US, Bi-khim Hsiao.

The shooting came just a day after an 18-year-old suspect shot and 被杀 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York in a racially charged attack.

Dr John Cheng was killed after tackling Chou to stop him from shooting others

Dr John Cheng was killed after tackling Chou to stop him from shooting others信用: 美联社
A federal hate crimes investigation is currently ongoing, 佛罗里达州副手

A federal hate crimes investigation is currently ongoing, 佛罗里达州副手信用: 盖蒂图片社 – 盖蒂

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