Suspected church shooter tipped off acquaintance of his death at ‘big event’ – NBC Los Angeles

Those who know David Chou say the alleged shooter’s life was unraveling. In the months leading up to the shooting at the Laguna Woods church, a neighbor and acquaintances told NBC4 that many aspects of his life were going downhill.

A person who asked not to be named for their own safety said Chou had made comments in the months leading up to the shooting.

“He said he wanted to do a big event, and by doing the big event, he will die and other people will die with him because this world isn’t right for him,” the person said. “He was always talking crazy stuff and so people were listening, but not even taking him seriously.”

Balmore Orellana was his neighbor in Las Vegas. Orellana initially said he was friendly, but in recent months that has changed. Orellana said Chou owned their building, but last year it sold for less than he expected.

Judi Rock was his real estate agent. She said that as the sale took place, his wife was dying of cancer and her anger was growing for Taiwan.

“He doesn’t like the current situation of Taiwan trying to leave China, trying to betray the Chinese,” Rock said. “Betray Chinese politics and cultures so that he stands up very strong against the Taiwanese.” And on Sunday morning, police said Chou had targeted a Taiwanese congregation in a shooting that killed Dr. John Cheng and injured five others.

“My heart froze. I wonder how could he do this for real?” says the anonymous.

His old neighbor is still processing the news.

“I feel like his presence is still there, you know. He was around. It’s that dark feeling you have,” Orellana said. “I can’t forgive him. He was my friend. Now he’s not. If he did that, he’ll die in prison.”

Joseph K. Bennett