Reported by the International Center / Xu Yuanxin
▲ Zhou Wenwei will be prosecuted by the prosecution for murder and other charges, and may face the death penalty. (Photo/Reuters/Dazhi Image)
Shooting at Taiwan Presbyterian Church in Irvine, Southern California. The suspect in the shooting, Zhou Wenwei, will be charged today with murder and other charges and may face the death penalty, Orange County Attorney Spitzer said. According to Zhou Wenwei’s neighbors, since Zhou Wenwei’s wife left Zhou Wenwei, Zhou Wenwei’s life has become fragmented since then.
Todd Spitzer said the suspect will face five counts of attempted homicide, four counts of unlawful possession of explosives and one count of murder with a gun, according to the Associated Press. Spitzer also revealed that Zhou Wenwei carried some explosives similar to petrol bombs, 15 magazines filled with 9mm bullets, and 2 semi-automatic weapons to the murder site. Spitzer bluntly said, “The suspect is going to kill everyone in that church. Individuals.” Spitzer also mentioned that Zhou Wenwei had worked as a security guard in Nevada and was a professionally trained person.
Balmore Orellana, a Las Vegas resident who used to be a neighbor with Zhou Wenwei, said that Zhou Wenwei used to be an amiable person, but since his wife left him last year, Zhou Wenwei’s personality has changed drastically. Orellana mentioned that Zhou Wenwei had an apartment in Las Vegas before, but the apartment was sold for more than $500,000 in October last year. Zhou’s wife moved to Taiwan with the money from the sale of the property, and Zhou Wenwei moved out in February this year. Orellana believes that after Zhou’s wife left Zhou Wenwei, Zhou Wenwei’s life has become fragmented since then.