“博士. Cheng is a hero in this incident,” Orange County Sheriff Donald Barnes said Monday. “Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, it is no doubt that there would have been numerous additional victims in this crime.”
Cheng launched into action and tackled the man, allowing other church members to jointly disarm and detain him, 保安官は言った. The pastor, Billy Chang, struck the gunman with a chair, and others hogtied the man with an extension cord and took at least two handguns from him, 当局者は言った.
“That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism in interfering or intervening to stop the suspect,” Undersheriff Jeff Hallock said.
Cheng’s decision to charge the suspect caused the firearm to jam, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said.
“If that event had not occurred, 言い換えると, if the gun had not jammed, that suspect, 氏. Chou, he was ready to kill everybody in that church,” 彼は言った.
Cheng sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Five others were hurt: four men aged 66, 75, 82 そして 92, and an 86-year-old woman.
Chou, the lone suspect, lived in Las Vegas and was a US citizen who immigrated from China years ago, according to Barnes. He had secured the doors of the church from the inside using chains and super glue, and he also had a bag of Molotov cocktails and a bag of extra ammunition, 当局者は言った.
Officials described the attack as politically motivated and said Chou was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan
. He has been charged with murder and nine other counts
, Spitzer said
博士. Cheng was inspired by his father’s work in small-town Texas
博士. Cheng, who leaves behind a wife and two kids, including one soon to graduate high school, worked as a family and sports medicine physician at the South Coast Medical Group in Aliso Viejo, カリフォルニア. The group did not respond to a request for comment.
で 2012 YouTube video on his professional website
, Cheng spoke in a calm and comforting tone about how his father’s work as a doctor in a small town in Texas inspired him to join the medical field
“I saw the care that my father imbued on his patients in a small community in East Texas, and I saw the community rally around him and embrace him in the community, and I love that,” 彼は言った. “It’s those small-town values that were ingrained in me when I was younger that really help create this sense of community, and in this modern society, in modern times, we miss a lot of that.”
“That patient-doctor relationship is very special, so you get to know a lot about the patient, their family and the community they live in,” 彼は続けた. “What’s beautiful is that I live in the same community.”
He said people reacted positively to his personalized bedside manner.
“Patients will oftentimes come in and at the end of the visit, 彼らが言うには, ‘You know what Dr. Cheng? You’re the first doctor that has actually ever really listened to me,'” 彼は言った.
His focus on sports medicine put him in touch with high-level athletes, weekend warriors and aspiring athletes, 彼は言った. まだ, he always kept the focus on the importance of community.
“We’re planting seeds in this person’s heart and in their mind on how to take care of themselves,” 彼は言った. “When they’re taking care of themselves, they’re able to take care of their family, which creates a more positive family environment, which then translates into better communities.”
博士. Cheng had been a member of Kingdom Covenant Church in Orange County for over 12 年, Pastor Ira Angustain told CNN.
“He was kind, generous and fun-loving. He loved God and his family with a passion. My wife and I and our church body were so honored to have Dr. John as a part of our congregation. 博士. John made me a better pastor, 友達, and person just by having him in my life, this is not hyperbole,” Angustain said.
Cheng had a wonderful smile and kind demeanor, the pastor said.
“I am proud to say I was his pastor. He is a true hero. Everyone needs a Dr. John in their lives,” 彼は言った.
His patients similarly praised him for his work in the doctor’s office and at the church.
“He’s a hero here at South Coast Medical Group
, and he’s a hero in real life
,” patient Amy Dowling told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS
Spitzer, そうしないと私は気になります, said a mass in Dr. Cheng’s honor is set for 2 午後. 火曜日.