Members of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in California are being credited with stopping extra deaths and accidents after congregants stopped the suspect in Sunday’s mass capturing and “hog-tied” the person with an extension wire.
The suspect, an Asian man in his 60s, was already detained when deputies arrived shortly following the capturing at 1:26 p.m. Sunday in Laguna Woods, the Orange County Sheriff’s Division reported.
“We imagine a gaggle of churchgoers detained him and hog-tied his legs with an extension wire and confiscated not less than two weapons from him,” Jeff Hallock, OCSD undersheriff, mentioned at a press convention. “That group of churchgoers displayed what we imagine is outstanding heroism and bravado in intervening to cease the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented further accidents and fatalities.”
The capturing unfolded throughout a banquet after a service on the church in Laguna Woods, a Southern California metropolis with roots as a senior-oriented neighborhood. One particular person was killed, 4 have been injured critically and one other suffered minor accidents, the OCSD mentioned.
Lots of these within the church when the capturing occurred have been Taiwanese, the sheriff’s division mentioned. About 30 to 40 folks have been current.
The circumstances of the hospitalized victims have been unknown, Hallock mentioned.
The suspect was not named by police and was not injured within the incident.
Investigators are working to find out his place of residence and if he had any connection to the church, however mentioned they do not imagine he’s from the Laguna Woods neighborhood.
“At the moment, we have no idea what the suspect’s motive could also be, or whether or not he had an meant goal, or whether or not that is even a hate-related incident,” Hallock mentioned.
Kristi Johnson, with the FBI’s Los Angeles discipline workplace, mentioned federal investigators are helping the OCSD.
“At the moment, we’re working very laborious to find out the motive,” she mentioned, noting linguists will help.
Two handguns recovered from the scene are at the moment being traced, in keeping with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Lisa Bartlett, Orange County supervisor, referred to as it a “very darkish day for the folks of Laguna Woods and Orange County,” noting it got here shortly after the “tragic and hate-filled actions” in Saturday’s mass capturing at a Tops Pleasant Market in Buffalo, New York, the deadliest U.S. mass capturing this 12 months.
Buffalo suspect Payton Gendron gunned down victims at Tops Pleasant Market in a racially motivated assault that killed 10 folks, investigators mentioned. Eleven of the 13 folks shot have been Black.
Gendron reportedly posted 180 pages of hate-filled writings on-line, in keeping with The New York Occasions, in a doc that allegedly references racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic beliefs.
Newsweek reached out the OCDS for added data.