Members of various faiths all through Orange County gathered in Irvine Monday night to pay honor and their respects to the victims of the mindless taking pictures that occurred at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods on Sunday afternoon. Dozens of individuals have been in attendance at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine for the inter-faith vigil, together with members of Orange County Sheriff’s Division who responded to the scene and Pastor Billy Chang — the person being honored on the luncheon simply moments earlier than the taking pictures befell.When Pastor Chang walked in, a spherical of applause erupted from the gang, after particulars emerged revealing that he was not solely one of many many churchgoers who labored to detain the suspect, however the one who charged at him, chair in hand, and referred to as for different’s to assist. LoafyNews reporters spoke with Chang following the conclusion of the vigil, the place he detailed all of the ideas that ran by his head and the second that he and his former congregation got here collectively to forestall additional carnage.”When he shoot about seven or eight… I see our member, our congregation hiding underneath the desk,” he mentioned.
Chang was beforehand the pastor for the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, who maintain Sunday morning service at Geneva Presbyterian weekly. He had moved again to Taiwan together with his spouse two years in the past and was visiting for the primary time for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started. “Someone needed to take some motion,” he continued. “I see his gun is down, so I say, ‘It is a good likelihood.” So, I’m going after him.”He grabbed the very first thing he might discover, a chair and ran in direction of the taking pictures suspect. “I carry the chair to hit the gunman. I am afraid he would choose up his gun to shoot once more, so I take advantage of my entire energy,” he detailed, motioning what he did to carry the person down earlier than calling from assist from his former congregants.
Whereas he continued to carry him down, with the assistance of Michael Tsai, who additionally spoke with LoafyNews reporters on Monday, his spouse grabbed the gun and hid it inside the church’s fridge. “I am nonetheless younger, I believe I’ve the energy to battle with the shooter,” Chang continued. “I am grateful as a result of we stopped the tragedy.”When the churchgoers observed Dr. John Cheng, the native doctor who was fatally shot, mendacity on the ground, they realized that he had been struck by gunfire 3 times. Cheng was solely in attendance at Sunday’s luncheon so he might carry his mom to church, so she might greet her former pastor.”Pray for the Cheng household,” he mentioned, preventing again tears. “Due to Dr. Cheng, and his mom, come to church for me.””His mom was crying, ‘My son, my son, my son,’ mentioned Mrs. Chang. Native legislation enforcement has hailed the acts of these Cheng, Tsai and different members as heroic, stating that they put their very own lives on the road to save lots of that of others within the face of imminent hazard.
“That group of churchgoers displayed what we consider is phenomenal heroism and bravado in intervening to cease the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented further accidents and fatalities,” mentioned Orange County Sheriff’s Division Undersheriff Jeff Hallock on Saturday.