David Chou, 68, named as Laguna Woods 'shooter' after 'killing 1 and injuring 5' at Geneva Presbyterian Church

AUTHORITIES have named the suspected gunman behind the mass shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church that left one dead and five others injured.

David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, has been identified as the alleged gunman behind Sunday's mass shooting in Laguna Woods, California.



Chou was booked on one felony count of murder and five felony counts of attempted murder, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

Nearly 40 churchgoers, many believed to be of Taiwanese descent, were inside the church when the shots rang out.

The attack left one dead and five others, including four men, ages 66, 75, 82 and 92, and one woman, 86, all of Asian descent.

According to church leaders, the shooting occurred during a lunch reception meant to honor a former pastor of the congregation.

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Police said Chou allegedly pulled out at least one of his handguns and began firing.

Longtime congregant Jerry Chen, 72, had just stepped into the kitchen of his church's fellowship hall when he heard the gunshots and saw church members screaming, running and ducking under tables.

“I heard the gun sounds. Then I heard two or three more gunshots. He was just randomly shooting,” Chen told the LATimes.

"I knew someone was shooting. I was very, very scared. I ran out the kitchen door to call 911."

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Chen said he then saw the pastor, Billy Chang, hit the gunman with a chair when the shooter paused to reload his weapon. 

Other members of the congregation then tackled him to the ground.

As the suspect was on the ground, church attendees hogtied his legs with extension cords until authorities arrived, OCPD said.

“I think it’s safe to say if people had not intervened, it could have been much worse,” Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock said.

The crowd also managed to take two handguns away from him, Hallock said.

“That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism and bravery. Their action saved lives," Hallock said.

California Governor Gavin Newsom denounced the attack, tweeting: "No one should have to fear going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, community, and all those impacted by this tragic event."

According to Chen, before the service started, members had greeted the gunman – who they had never seen before – and welcomed him.

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Chen said the suspect told them he had attended services several times, but the members were doubtful because no one recognized him.

Chou is being held on $1million bail.


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