Suspected gunman identified in fatal shooting near TemeculaThe couple who fought back deserve a medal, and more credit than they seem to be getting in this story. Chong doesn't seem to have "injur[ed] four people, including himself"—he seems to have been injured, as he is alleged to have deserved.
By David Kelly, LA Times 1:58 PM PDT, April 8, 2009 Investigators today identified the alleged gunman who opened fire at a Korean Christian retreat center near Temecula — killing one woman and injuring four people, including himself — as 69-year-old John Chong.
Chong, who lived at the retreat, was known as "Uncle" by residents. He allegedly used a .32-caliber revolver in the attack, said Capt. Mitchell Alm of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's central homicide bureau.
The motive for the shooting remains a mystery, said Sgt. Michael Lujan of the sheriff's department. The investigation has been hampered by a language barrier because many witnesses do not speak English. Deputies called in a Korean-speaking police officer Tuesday night from the Buena Park Police Department for assistance
The incident unfolded when deputies arrived at the Kkottongnae Retreat Camp shortly after 7:25 p.m. and found a woman dead and her husband shot in the torso inside their bungalow, said Sgt. Michael Lujan of the sheriff's department.
The suspected gunman moved to another bungalow and attempted to shoot another couple, but they fought back. Lujan said the scene was extremely violent.
"They were going at it hand to hand," he said. "There was physical evidence that a significant altercation took place. Furniture was turned over, there was damage to the door, damage to the fixtures."
The couple, said to be in their 50s, successfully subdued their attacker, and all three suffered injuries in the fight, Lujan said. The couple are doing well, Alm said, adding that Chong remained unconscious today.[More]
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