Accused California church shooter apologized after firing bullet into Las Vegas neighbor’s apartment
David Chou, 68, dealing with homicide cost
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas man suspected of opening fireplace inside a southern California church by chance fired his gun into a neighbor’s unit whereas cleansing it after which apologized, a report obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team stated.
David Chou, 68, is accused of opening fireplace within the Irvine Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. According to authorities, Chou was from China, however has lived within the United States for years. He lived in Las Vegas in a Spring Valley apartment.
Balmore Orellana, who was Chou’s neighbor, stated the suspect had moved out in February and described him as “nice,” however stated he had some considerations.
Chou informed police he was “cleaning his firearm” in June 2020 when he pulled the set off, pondering the gun was unloaded, officers wrote in a report.
Chou used the gun, a 9 mm Smith & Wesson SD 9, for work, he informed police. 8 News Now’s Joe Moeller reported on Monday that Chou labored as a safety guard.
Chou informed police he pulled the set off after which heard a loud “bang.” He then seen a gap by means of a bottle of child powder he had in his room. The gap went by means of to the neighboring unit, the report stated.
A toddler within the apartment subsequent door picked up the bullet, a report stated. Chou stated he went over to the neighbor to see if anybody was harm and apologized. He then patched up the house. Officers recovered the bullet.
Authorities are investigating the capturing of the Taiwanese church group as a hate crime after proof was present in Chou’s automobile, the identical automobile Orellana had seen at his apartment.
Orellana stated Chou’s ex-wife moved to Taiwan final year after being identified with most cancers.
Investigators nonetheless don’t know why Chou selected that church. He was booked on one felony depend of homicide and 5 felony counts of tried homicide and was being held on $1 million bail.