1 dead, 5 critically wounded in shooting at Southern California church

The Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California.
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One person was killed and five others critically injured on Sunday afternoon during a shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California.

The victims are all adults, police said. A suspect is in custody, and authorities said they collected a weapon that may have been used in the shooting. A law enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times police believe the suspect is a 68-year-old Asian man originally from Las Vegas, and the motive is unknown.

The shooting took place at 1:26 p.m. while a Taiwanese congregation was meeting in the church, officials said. More than 30 people were in the building at the time, and they are being interviewed by law enforcement.

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Laguna Woods is a quiet Orange County suburb with an older population, and several people who live near the church told the Times when they heard sirens, they thought it was due to a wildfire, not a deadly shooting. "Things are just breaking down in society right now," resident Patricia Wallace said. "It's just so sad."

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