Accused Gunman Sent Diary to Newspaper Before Church Attack – Los Angeles

A man was accused of starting fire at a Southern California church because he hated Taiwan. He called himself “a “destroying”The newspaper reported Wednesday that angel was found in a seven-volume journal sent to it before the attack.

David Chou (68) spent $16.10 in order to mail seven thick photocopied volumes with handwritten Chinese text and an attached flash drive to Monterey Park World Journal office. According to photos published in Chinese-language paper, Chou paid $16.10.

The title was stated by the newspaper: “Diary of an Angel Destroying Independence”This apparent reference is to Taiwan’s self government. The Chinese Communist Party continues its demand for Taiwan to reunify China.

Monday’s daily mail contained the diary pages. This was one day after authorities said that the man set fire to a lunch gathering of elderly parishioners at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, Laguna Woods.

The contents of the diaries were not reported by the newspaper. Nobody at the office apparently read them before submitting them to the police through their attorney. An employee declined to give his name because they were not allowed to speak out.

The lawyer for the newspaper, however, said Register for Orange CountyHe received the papers late Wednesday and still had them.

Maxwell Lin, West Covina Attorney, stated that he will give the papers to law enforcement once he has received a subpoena.

“We have no intention of withholding anything,”Lin shared his thoughts with the Register.

At least five people have been hit in a shooting at a church in the Laguna Woods area of Orange County, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Lin was unable to confirm the title.

“The document will speak for itself, but how you call it is subject to a reporter’s interpretation,”Lin didn’t fully understand the papers, he said.

“Time will tell how important” the papers are, Lin told the Register.

Investigators were aware of the reports that the journals were sent to the newspaper, according to Orange County sheriff’s spokesperson Carrie Braun.

Five people were also injured in the shooting. One victim was killed. If convicted of murder or attempted murder, the accused gunman could be sentenced to life imprisonment or death. In Orange County, he remains jailed indefinitely without bail pending his June 10 arraignment.

Todd Spitzer, the County District Attorney has stated that the suspect was driven by hatred for Taiwan. This is Taiwan where he was born following his family’s expulsion from mainland China in 1949. He apparently chose the church at random and didn’t know anyone there before he drove to California from Las Vegas on Saturday, authorities said.

Authorities claim that the suspect was present at a service in the church before going to the luncheon honoring a former pastor. There, he met with parishioners for approximately 40 minutes before closing the doors and lighting the fire.

Dr. John Cheng (52), charged the gunman after the gunfire broke out. He was shot, but authorities claim he stopped the attack and could have saved many lives.

Billy Chang, an ex-pastor, picked up a chair, and threw it at him. The shooter fell on the ground. Chang stated that Chang rushed at him, and several members of the congregation tied him up.

According to authorities, the shooter was armed in two legal 9 mm handguns as well as concealed bags containing ammunition and four Molotov cocktail-style Molotov cocktails.

The victims were aged between 66 and 92 years old, and they were expected to survive.

The shooting shaken Southern California’s Taiwanese community.

“I am starting to worry about our people,”At a news conference, Dr. Simon Lin, a leader of the Taiwan Center Foundation in Los Angeles, stated. “The Taiwan Center is very friendly. It’s open to the public. We never check your background.”

He added that the budget for full-time security is not available at the small community center.

Louis M. Huang is the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office’s director general in Los Angeles. He said that he had confidence in U.S. authorities to conduct the investigation and that justice would prevail.

He called on Taiwanese Americans to respect differences in opinion but said no one has a right to infringe on other people’s rights or to take someone’s life.

He encouraged residents to contact the police if they spot anything that is concerning them.

“Don’t keep silent,”He stated.

This report was contributed by Ken Ritter in Las Vegas and Robert Jablon, Los Angeles Journalists John Antczak.


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