One person was killed and four others seriously injured by gunfire in a church in the US state of California on Sunday. The shots were fired at a church in the town of Laguna Woods, about 70 kilometers south of Los Angeles, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. Another person was slightly injured. One person was arrested and a firearm secured.
The police reportedly received an emergency call from the Presbyterian Church at 1:26 p.m. (local time). Rescue workers rushed to the church to treat the injured. “One victim died at the scene,” the sheriff’s office said. All victims are therefore adults.
Pictures online showed emergency vehicles parked in front of a church. California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said it is working with local authorities to monitor the situation. “No one should be afraid to go to worship. Our thoughts are with the victims,” the office said.
“Shouldn’t be our new normal”
Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter, 48, who holds the Orange County seat in the House of Representatives in Washington, spoke of “shattering and disturbing news, especially less than a day after the Buffalo shooting.” She added: “This should not be our new normal.”
Ten people were killed and three others injured in an apparently racially motivated gun attack on a supermarket in upstate New York on Saturday. An 18-year-old white man, who initially live-streamed his act, opened fire with a rifle in front of and inside the Buffalo city store. Most of the victims were African American. The perpetrator was arrested and charged with murder.
180-page “manifesto” from Buffalo perpetrators
US President Joe Biden (79) wants to travel to Buffalo with his wife on Tuesday to express his condolences to the people there, as the White House announced on Sunday (local time). In a statement, the gun attack there was condemned as “senseless and appalling”.
According to US media reports, the authorities are examining a 180-page “manifesto” by the Buffalo perpetrator, which is said to have been published on the Internet before the attack and in which the man apparently explains his intentions and his racist motives. The “New York Times”, citing this text, reported that the attacker was “inspired” by the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 51 people in 2019. (AFP)