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Brave Worshippers Hog-Tied Gunman After He Opened Fire Inside A Church In California

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Brave Worshippers Hog-Tied Gunman After He Opened Fire Inside A Church In California

Worshippers have been praised for their heroism after a gunman burst into a Californian church and opened fire.

The man is accused of entering the Geneva Presbyterian Church on Sunday (May 15) and shooting those inside.

One person has been killed and five others have been injured (four of which were critical) in the attack.

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But quick-thinking churchgoers leapt into action when the shooting erupted and managed to subdue the gunman.

Undersheriff Jeff Hallock told reporters: "That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to stop the suspect.

"They undoubtedly prevented additional injuries and fatalities. I think it's safe to say that had people not intervened, it could have been much worse."

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It's unclear how they managed to overpower the gunman in the face of such a terrifying situation.

But the police officer revealed that not only did the worshippers subdue and seize two weapons, they also managed to hog-tie him while they waited for authorities to arrive.

Undersheriff Hallock explained that the churchgoers tied the gunman's arms and legs with electrical or extension cords.

Authorities are still trying to work out the motive behind the attack and why the gunman targeted the specific church.

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Sheriff John Mina said it's too early to determine whether this was a random attack or something that was 'hate-related'.

He told reporters they'll need to work out his connection to the Geneva Presbyterian Church.

"Until we do that, we won't really have a good idea if he was known to the congregants," he said.

The diocese has released a statement about the incident.

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"The Presbytery of Los Ranchos is deeply saddened by a fatal shooting that occurred at a lunch reception honoring a former pastor of the Taiwanese congregation that nests at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods," the statement read.

"Initial reports indicate that one person was killed, and several others were severely injured.

"Please keep the leadership of the Taiwanese congregation and Geneva in your prayers as they care for the those traumatized by this shooting.

"In your mercy, O Lord, we pray."

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The office of California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has also issued a heartfelt message on Twitter.

"No one should have to fear going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, community, and all those impacted by this tragic event," the official statement said.

"This is upsetting and disturbing news, especially less than a day after a mass shooting in Buffalo,' said U.S. Rep Katie Porter, whose district includes Laguna Woods.

"This should not be our new normal. I will work hard to support the victims and their families."


Featured Image Credit: Geneva Presbyterian Church. Ron Adar/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire

Topics: News, US News

Stewart Perrie
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