On Sunday (May 15), a man walked into Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, where a Taiwanese congregation has met for 10 years, and opened fire. The gunman killed one person and injured five others, all of whom were senior citizens.
More lives could had been lost if it weren’t for the church’s former pastor Zhang Xuanxin (Billy Chang) who reportedly took a chair and hit the gunman from behind while he was attempting to reload his gun. According to reports, churchgoers then jumped on the gunman, disarmed him, and hogtied him with an extension cord to subdue him until authorities could arrive.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Jeff Hallock told the media, “It’s safe to say that if people had not intervened, it could have been much worse.”