Shooting leaves one dead at retreat camp in California

One person was killed Tuesday night and three others wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Korean Christian retreat center in Southern California. The shooter is described as a Korean man in his 70s.
Police say that the language barrier is preventing them from getting all of the facts at this time about the case.

The LA Times reports:

“Because of the language barrier, we don’t know who the shooter is yet. But we feel there is no one out in the community who is armed,” Gutierrez said.

At least two of the victims are in critical conditions. The gunman is reported to be one of the people that was injured. Reports say that surviving victims are in hospital. The police are continuing to search the camp for more possible victims.

Reports of assault with a deadly weapon were received by police at 7:23 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Reports say that the woman killed is the wife of the gunman.

All of the victims appear to be over 40 years old.

The retreat is one of four branches in the United States for the Kkottongnae Brothers and Sisters of Jesus. The Catholic organization serves the poor and the homeless. It was founded in Cheongju, South Korea, by Father Oh Woong Jin in 1976.

The mission of the retreat is to provide the “homeless and the abandoned with care and love in the hope that they will realize the love of God and find peace as the children of God” according to their website.


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