A shooting took place at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif. on Sunday afternoon, leaving at least one person dead and five injured.
The Orange County Sheriff Department first confirmed that deputies had responded to a shooting at the church at 2:00 p.m. PST, noting that “multiple victims have been shot.”
An update at 2:49 p.m. PST identified the church and said, “Four victims have been critically wounded , one with minor injuries. All victims are adults and are enroute to the hospital. One victim is deceased at the scene.”
Another update said the suspect was detained on scene and a weapon was recovered.
The shooting comes at approximately the same time a shooting occurred at a Houston, Texas flea market, leaving two dead and three injured. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said an “altercation” broke out involving a group of five people, two of whom were armed with guns.
On Saturday, an 18-year-old suspect carried out a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. In what authorities have since deemed a “racially motivated hate crime,” the suspect donned body armor and tactical gear while firing more than 50 rounds from a rifle, killing 10 people and wounding three.
President Joe Biden released a statement saying, “a racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. … Hate must have no safe harbor. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”
At a National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Sunday, Biden described the suspect as “armed with weapons of war and a hate-filled soul.”