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Several people shot dead in a Californian church


LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — One person was killed and four others seriously injured in a shooting Sunday at a Southern California church, authorities said.

Deputies have arrested one person and recovered a weapon following the shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in the town of Laguna Woods, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter.

A fifth injured person suffered minor injuries, officials said. All of the victims were adults.

Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the scene.

Laguna Woods was built as a senior citizens’ community and later became a town. More than 80% of residents in the city of 18,000 about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles are at least 65 years old.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said on Twitter that it was monitoring the situation closely.

“No one should be afraid to go to their place of worship. Our hearts go out to the victims, the community and everyone affected by this tragic event,” the tweet read.

The incident happened in an area with a cluster of places of worship, including Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist churches and a Jewish synagogue.

The shooting came a day after an 18-year-old man shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

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