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Dr. John Cheng who died while trying to save fellow parishioners during Sunday’s shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church is being described by authorities as “literally the meeting of good versus evil.
Dr. John Cheng was 52 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
About 50 congregants were enjoying a lunch banquet following their church service at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif., on Sunday.
The congregants, who were mostly elderly members of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, were celebrating the return of one of their pastors who had recently come back from a mission trip to Taiwan.
Before the service, authorities say, David Chou, 68, entered the church and joined the congregation, socializing and mingling with the congregants who didn’t know him but welcomed him into the church.
During the lunch banquet, Chou, a Chinese immigrant and a security guard who lived in Las Vegas, allegedly locked the outside church doors with chains and tried to superglue the locks. He also tried to nail at least one door shut. And then he allegedly started shooting.
According to authorities, congregant Dr. John Cheng, a 52-year-old father of two, acted swiftly and heroically.
“It is known that Dr. Cheng charged the suspect, attempted to disarm him, which allowed other parishioners to then intercede, taking the suspect into custody,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said at a Monday afternoon press conference.
Barnes said one of the congregants threw a chair at the suspect.
“Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, [there] is no doubt there would be numerous additional victims in this crime,” said Barnes.
Barnes said Cheng was fatally shot during the altercation with the suspect and pronounced dead at the scene.
Five people were wounded in the shooting, including four men who were between the ages of 66 and 92, and one woman believed to be 86.
Barnes said Dr. Cheng “saved the lives of probably upwards of dozens of people, by the way, this individual was prepared.