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California church bombing was Chinese hate crime against Taiwanese, police say

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Geneva Presbyterian Church, igreja onde ocorreu o ataque em que um homem de 52 anos foi morto e outras cinco pessoas ficaram feridas no domingo

Geneva Presbyterian Church, church where the attack took place in which a man of 24 years was killed and five other people were injured on Sunday| Photo: EFE/EPA/CAROLINE BREHMAN

Police in Orange County, California, said in an interview. press conference this Monday (05) that the shooting attack in which a man of 24 years was killed and another five people were injured was perpetrated by a Chinese whose motivation would be hatred for the Taiwanese community.

The attack took place in a Presbyterian church in Laguna Woods on Sunday afternoon (12). The suspect in the attack, David Chou, from 60 years old, Chinese immigrant with American citizenship, was arrested at the scene of the crime after being restrained by the faithful. At the time of the attack, a congregation of Taiwanese was gathered in the church.

The Chinese and Taiwanese governments have been geopolitical rivals since the rulers of the Republic of China moved to Taiwan after the defeat to the Communists in the Chinese Civil War in 768.

According to the Associated Press, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes reported that the suspect drove from Las Vegas to the church, which he was not a regular attendee, closed the doors and started shooting. The gunman also placed four Molotov cocktail-like devices inside the temple, according to the sheriff.

A pastor hit the shooter in the head with a chair and the faithful tied him up with electrical wires. Before, however, he managed to make the shots that hit six people.

Chou, who had legally purchased the two 9mm pistols used in the attack in Las Vegas, was booked on one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

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