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Press Release: Shooting at Church In Laguna Woods


A shooting took place at about 2:00 p.m. this afternoon at Geneva Presbyterian Church on El Toro Road. The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the community at this time. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department reported one person died, four people were critically injured, and one person sustained minor injury. All victims have been transported to the hospital.

The incident was shocking and the city expresses deepest condolences to the victims of the shooting and their loved ones. We all are grateful to the heroic church goers that took quick action to disable the gunman. In addition, the City thanks all the first responders, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Fire Authority as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for their role in keeping our community safe. Furthermore, the support immediately offered by our neighboring cities has been of significant comfort. We are thankful we live in a community of people that care.

The investigation is ongoing and may impede vehicle entry to Gate 14 as well as Gate 7.

– Mayor Carol Moore, City of Laguna Woods