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Orange County doctor John Cheng remembered for his heroism at Taiwanese church shooting

  • John Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor, was brutally shot during a mass shooting at a Laguna Woods church on Sunday.
  • He was hailed as a hero for intervening and tackling the gunman, 68-year-old David Chou.
  • Cheng’s quick actions allowed some congregants to step in and hogtie the suspect. He was reportedly shot several times and pronounced dead at the scene.
  • The shooting, which was described as a “politically-motivated hate incident” by officials, is currently being investigated as a hate crime.
  • Chou is being held on a $1 million bail at the Orange County Intake Release Center.

A doctor in Orange County, California, who was brutally shot during a mass shooting at a Laguna Woods church on Sunday was hailed as a hero for intervening and stopping the gunman.

John Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor, immediately sprang into action to tackle the gunman, 68-year-old David Chou, before attempting to disarm him on Sunday.

Suspect in California church mass shooting was motivated by hate against Taiwan, police say

  • The fatal shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Southern California is now being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said on Monday.
  • David Wenwei Chou, 68, reportedly drove all the way from Las Vegas and chained the church’s doors. He then filled the keyholes with superglue before pulling out a handgun and opening fire.
  • Dr. John Cheng, 52, tackled Chou and was fatally shot. While Chou was on the ground, other congregation members managed to hogtie him using extension cords.
  • Five Asian seniors were brought to the hospital after the shooting, while a sixth survivor sustained minor injuries.
  • Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes described the shooting as “a politically motivated hate incident, claiming that Chou, a U.S. citizen born in Taiwan, “was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan.”
  • During a news conference on Monday, Kristi Johnson, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said a federal hate crime investigation is now ongoing.

A shooting at a Southern California church that killed one person and wounded five others is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said on Monday.

The recent incident, which involved around 40 witnesses, occurred at Geneva Presbyterian Church in the 24000 block of El Toro Road in Laguna Woods just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

‘We are in America’: BCD Tofu House diner goes on racist rant because Apple Pay wasn’t accepted

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  • A customer at a BCD Tofu House in Irvine, California, berated an employee with racist insults after they were told the restaurant did not take Apple Pay.
  • Jonny Chun, who recorded video of the incident and shared it on TikTok, told NextShark that two Caucasian men he claimed were “under the influence of something” came to dine at BCD.
  • Chun said when it was time to pay for the order, one of the customers left, while the one seen on video tried to pay with Apple Pay.
  • A server and then the manager came to say that the restaurant does not use Apple Pay, which is when the customer became frustrated and went on racist rants.

A customer at a BCD Tofu House at the Irvine Diamond Jamboree berated an employee with racist insults after he was told the restaurant did not take Apple Pay. 

Jonny Chun, who recorded a video of the incident on Tuesday at 11:43 p.m. and shared it on TikTok, told NextShark that two Caucasian men he claimed were “under the influence of something” came to dine at BCD.

Man Accused of Attempting to Sexually Assault ‘White’ Woman in Response to Anti-Asian Crimes

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An Asian man accused of kidnapping and attempting to sexually assault an Asian woman because he thought she was white has been arrested and charged in Irvine, California last week.

Michael Sangbong Rhee, 37, of Lake Forest, allegedly targeted the victim while she was sitting in her car in the area of Harvard Avenue and Coronado Street around 1:30 p.m. on April 8.

Visiting Korean Students Allegedly Detained, Sent Back Home After Landing at LAX

South Korean students heading for a short-term immersion program on artificial intelligence in Irvine, California were allegedly detained and forced back to their home country after landing at LAX, according to the organizers of the experience.

Designed to expose learners to a different perspective, the program, now in its fourth year, expected a total of 59 students, educational nonprofit PeopleSpace said.