A sports medicine doctor who was killed during Sunday’s mass shooting at a church in California’s Laguna Woods is being hailed a hero after he tackled the gunman to the ground.
Dr. John Cheng, a 52-year-old father of two, had gone straight for the suspect — identified as Chinese-American dual national David Chou — but was fatally shot in the process, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said at a press conference on Monday.
“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,” he said. “Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, there is no doubt there would be numerous additional victims in this crime.”
The shooting also left five people injured, including four victims — aged between 66 and 92 — who were critically wounded.
According to Dr. Cheng’s bio on the website of his employer, South Coast Medical Group, he had a “lifelong love” for martial arts and was an accomplished martial arts instructor.
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SOURCE: Insider, Waiyee Yip