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California church mass shooter charged with hate crimes, faces death penalty

  • Hate crime enhancements have been added to five attempted murder charges against David Wenwei Chou, the Las Vegas man accused of opening fire at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15.
  • Handwritten notes showed that Chou, 68, was “upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan,” according to authorities. Ahead of the shooting, he sent a document titled “Diary of an Angel Destroying Independence” to World Journal, a Chinese-language newspaper.
  • Chou was born and raised in Taiwan after his family was forced out of mainland China. Those who knew him said his life was going south ahead of the shooting.
  • If convicted of his crimes, Chou will be eligible for the death penalty.

The Las Vegas man accused of firing multiple rounds at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, last month has been charged with hate crimes, prosecutors announced on Friday.

David Wenwei Chou, 68, allegedly opened fire at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in the 24000 block of El Toro Road just before 1:30 p.m. on May 15, targeting congregants during a luncheon held in honor of a former pastor visiting from Taiwan.

Las Vegas man, 68, identified as suspect in deadly mass shooting at California Taiwanese church

California church mass shooting
  • David Wenwei Chou, 68, has been arrested for shooting multiple people at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on Sunday.
  • The incident, witnessed by 30 to 40 people, occurred during a lunch banquet held to commemorate a former pastor visiting from Taiwan.
  • A man in his 40s was killed during the shooting, while five others — all senior citizens of Asian descent — were wounded and brought to the hospital.
  • Chou, who is originally from Las Vegas, is being held on a $1 million bail at the Orange County Intake Release Center.

A man in his late 60s has been arrested for killing one churchgoer and wounding five others while opening fire at a church in Laguna Woods, California.

The fatal shooting, which left four of the five wounded victims with critical injuries, occurred at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church during a lunch banquet held to commemorate a former pastor visiting from Taiwan.