One person was killed and four others were critically wounded Sunday during a shooting at a church in Laguna Woods.
The shooting occurred at the 1:26 p.m. at Geneva Presbyterian Church on the 24000 block of El Toro Road. The sheriff’s department said it detained a suspect and collected a weapon that might be involved.
The violence stunned residents in the suburban south Orange County community. Police closed off El Toro Road and emergency vehicles lined up in front of the church.
Cindy Frazier, 65, was running errands when she heard a the overwhelming sound of police and fire engine sirens as they raced to the Geneva Presbyterian Church.
“I thought it was the fire flaring back up but it was just one after the other,” the Laguna Woods resident said of the emergency response. “It’s just so heartbreaking. Why? Why our community.”
Multiple people were shot Sunday at a church in Laguna Woods, prompting a major response from Orange County Sheriff’s officials and other first responders.
The number of casualties was not clear. The shooting occurred at the Church on the 24000 block of El Toro Road. The sheriff’s department said it detained a suspect and collected a weapon that might be involved.
Orange County Fire Authority said it was on the scene treating victims and taking multiple patients to hospitals.
Photos on social media showed a row of fire engines parked in front of the church.
Authorities reported the shooting around 2 p.m.