After a shooting in California, a gunman in a tie kills

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire at a Southern California church during a lunch on Sunday, killing one and injuring five, before worshipers arrested the suspect and tether his legs with an electrical cord, authorities said. .

Police responded to the incident which unfolded around 1:30 p.m. local time (2039 GMT) at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods and arrested an unidentified suspect in his 60s, the county undersheriff said. of Orange, Jeff Hallock, during a press conference.

“This group of worshipers displayed exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to arrest the suspect. They undoubtedly averted further injury and death,” he said.

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One person died at the scene while four other victims were seriously injured. Another person was slightly injured, he added. All the injured were taken to hospital.

About 30 to 40 people were in the church when the shooting happened, Hallock said.

“At this time, we don’t know what the suspect’s motive may be, if he had an intended target, or if this is even a hate-related incident,” Hallock said, adding that the authorities believe the suspect does not live in the area. .

Two handguns were found at the scene.

“No one should be afraid to come to their place of worship. Our hearts go out to the victims, the community and everyone affected by this tragic event,” Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said on Twitter.

It was at least the second mass shooting of the weekend in the United States, which has been plagued by gun violence in recent years. In Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, an 18-year-old white man opened fire on a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood, killing 10 people and injuring three in what authorities described as a purely racist attack. Read more

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Reporting by Dawn Chmielewski in Los Angeles, Kanishka Singh in Washington and Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; written by Kanishka Singh; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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