California Church Shooter Was a Chinese Immigrant Motivated by Hate for Taiwanese

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May 16, 2022

The gunman who shot up a Southern California church filled with Taiwanese congregants is a Chinese immigrant motivated by his hate for the Taiwanese, the Orange County sheriff's office said Monday.

David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas killed one congregant and wounded five others during the shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church on Sunday. He was subdued and hog-tied with electrical cords by parishioners until law enforcement arrived, an act of "exceptional heroism and bravery," according to one sheriff's official. All of the victims were seniors.

"I join the families of the victims and Taiwanese American communities in grief and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded survivors," said Taiwan's ambassador to the United States, Bi-khim Hsiao, on Twitter.

The shooting came a day after a racially motivated rampage in Buffalo, N.Y., in which an 18-year-old white nationalist shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket.