Another violent act with firearms has shaken the United States: in a church in the US state of California, one person was killed on Sunday and five others were injured, some seriously, by gunshots, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Just the day before, ten people were killed in an apparently racially motivated gun attack in Buffalo, New York. US President Joe Biden announced a visit to Buffalo on Tuesday.
The shots in the church on Sunday were fired in the town of Laguna Woods, about 70 kilometers south of Los Angeles, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter. Of the five injured, aged between 66 and 92, four suffered serious injuries and all were taken to hospitals.
Community members had already subdued the suspect on Sunday afternoon and tied his legs with extension cords when police arrived, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.
The man and the five injured are all of Asian descent. The incident happened in a Taiwanese church, wrote the Los Angeles Times. The alleged perpetrator, a man in his 60s, was arrested. The motive was still unclear.
In the church in Laguna Woods, the parishioners were celebrating the visit of a pastor from Taiwan with a banquet when the shots were fired, the Los Angeles Times wrote. The man had previously come to the church and was greeted by parishioners – although nobody knew him.
The police wrote that the man did not appear to be from the area. She found two guns at the scene. According to the Los Angeles Times, investigators said it was not yet known whether hate could be a motive.
Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter, 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 shouldn’t be our new normal.”
Ten people were killed and three others injured in an apparently racially motivated gun attack on a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday. An 18-year-old white man, who initially live-streamed his act, opened fire with an assault rifle in front of and inside the Buffalo city store. Most of the victims were African American. According to the police, the perpetrator had previously scouted out the area, which was predominantly inhabited by blacks. He was arrested and charged with murder.
US President Joe Biden 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”. Biden had previously called on his compatriots to break the spiral of hatred and violence in the face of the violence in Buffalo.
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, in which the man explains his intentions and his racist motives. The “New York Times” reported, citing this text, that the attacker was “inspired” by the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 51 people in 2019.