Churchgoers hog-tied man accused of carrying out CA mass shooting

Posted at 2:30 PM, May 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-16 02:09:41-04

The man accused of carrying out a mass shooting at a Church in California was subdued by parishioners, authorities said.

During a press conference Sunday, officials said the alleged shooter, an Asian man, was hog-tied with an electrical cord when officers arrived at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Hills.

The man shot six people before he was apprehended, authorities said. One of the victims died, four were critically wounded and one other suffered minor injuries, officials stated.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department said all victims were Asian, The oldest was 92-years-old and the youngest is 66-years-old.

Church member Cynthia Conners was shaken by the tragedy.

"It breaks my heart that this kind of violence has come to our community," said Conners

A weapon was recovered, but police said investigators had not determined a motive.

"At this time we do not know that the suspect's motive may be or whether he had an intended target or whether this is even a hate-related incident," said Undersheriff Jeff Hallock.

Conners tells the gunman that the violence he unleashed inside her church was not the answer.

"People do these things because they think it's going to accomplish something, but I don't think it ever accomplishes what they want to accomplish," said Conners.

Laguna Hills is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles.