Alleged Laguna Woods church shooter apparently sent documents to newspaper – Daily Bulletin
Seven volumes of handwritten notes apparently sent by a man accused of shooting dead a doctor and injuring five people at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods landed in the mail from a Chinese-language newspaper office in Los Angeles this week.
Maxwell Lin, a West Covina attorney representing the World Journal, said late Wednesday that the documents appeared to be in diary form, photocopied and written in Chinese. Some pages were loose. Others were bound with black clips, Lin said.
They arrived at the newspaper’s office late Monday in a box with the daily mail and were delivered to him Tuesday evening. The mailing label was marked “David Chou” with a Las Vegas return address.
Accused shooter David Wenwei Chou is a Las Vegas native and remains in custody for capital murder in Sunday’s shooting at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, which also houses a Taiwanese church.
Lin said he had custody of the papers and would share them with law enforcement upon presentation of a subpoena. So far, the police have not contacted him, he said.
“We have no intention of holding anything back,” Lin said.
Carrie Braun, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said the agency is aware of the documents but would not comment further.
Lin could not confirm media reports that the diaries were titled “Diary of an Independence Destroying Angel.”
“The document will speak for itself, but how you call it is subject to a reporter’s interpretation,” Lin said.
He hadn’t fully read the lengthy document and didn’t believe the newspaper had either. “Time will tell how important (newspapers are),” Lin said.
Law enforcement officials continue to investigate the motive for the shooting and how the shooter chose the precise time and location of the attack.
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said Monday that Chou was motivated by his hatred of Taiwan.
Chou reportedly recently expressed this hatred to her roommate, the Associated Press reported. He said he felt the Taiwanese government was corrupt and didn’t like the islanders’ sympathy for the leadership, Jordin Davis of Las Vegas told AP.
“He posed as a political refugee,” Davis said.
Chou, a US citizen who worked for years as a security guard, moved into a four-bedroom house in Las Vegas in February. Davis, her roommate, said Chou often shared her food, usually chicken dishes, and followed a routine: “come home, go to sleep, shower, go to work, and repeat.”
The two had little conversation beyond small talk or talk about Davis’ dog, Zeus, Davis said. Their conversation about Taiwan less than two weeks ago was the only time the two discussed the subject, he said.
Chou never spoke about religion but identified as a Christian and put a black duct tape cross on the roof of his car, Davis added.
Balmore Orellana, a former Las Vegas neighbor, said Chou’s life fell apart after his wife left him last year and moved back to Taiwan. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said Chou’s wife is terminally ill.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.