Hannah Fry is a Metro reporter covering Orange County for the Los Angeles Times. She joined the newspaper in 2013 as a reporter for the Daily Pilot, a Times Community News publication. Fry most recently covered breaking news for The Times and was part of the team that was a 2020 Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of a boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Santa Barbara. She grew up in Orange County and got her start as an intern at the Orange County Register.
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How a luncheon celebrating the return of a congregation’s pastor turned into a deadly scene.
Cuando un hombre comenzó a disparar contra los feligreces -la mayoría de ellos ancianos y taiwaneses-, el Dr. John Cheng se puso en la línea de fuego.
Prosecutors have not yet filed a hate crime sentencing enhancement against David Wenwei Chou, accused of shooting six people, one fatally, in Laguna Woods.
When a man began shooting at the congregants — most of them elderly and Taiwanese — Dr. John Cheng put himself in the line of fire.
Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, whose members were the target of an attack authorities allege was a politically motivated hate incident, released a letter that offered new insights into the events of the hours before the shooting and its direct aftermath.
When the suspect began shooting, Dr. John Cheng put himself in the line of fire and tried to prevent others from being shot, sheriff’s officials say.
‘It is believed the suspect involved was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan,’ Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said.
Las autoridades dijeron que las acciones de los asistentes a la iglesia probablemente salvaron vidas.
“I knew something was wrong. I called 911,” a witness told The Times.
The 100 or so church members, most of whom are senior citizens, worship in their native language — not Mandarin but Taiwanese.