California church shooting suspect David Chou from Taiwan has been charged with 10 counts, including first-degree murder. He may face the death penalty if convicted.
Taiwanese immigrant David Chou attacked the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California with a gun on the 15th, killing one Taiwanese American and injuring five others. He is currently detained in the Orange County Intake Release Center. He appeared in court for the first time on the 17th by video, asking for a delay in court proceedings. The judge agreed to subpoena Chou on June 10. Orange County prosecutors pointed out that Chou will be charged with 10 counts of murder, attempted murder, and possession of explosives. Prosecutors said he could face the death penalty if convicted.
The Taiwan Presbyterian Church held a moment of silence on the 18th for Dr. John Cheng, who fought bravely against Chou but unfortunately died. The church strongly condemned the violence, saying that hatred cannot promote mutual understanding. The Taiwan Association of University Professors pointed out that the United States has already listed the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification as an agent of the Chinese government. The TAUP said the Council's members should be prohibited from entering Taiwan.
Cheng Mu-chun, Secretary-General, Taiwan Association of University Professors: “The China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification is already considered an agent acting on behalf of the Chinese government. But in Taiwan, groups like this council hide behind our liberal democracy and continue to affect us. They even affect our national security.”
Hsu Wen-tang, President, Taiwan Association of University Professors: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should ban entry to members of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification. The Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Overseas Community Affairs Council should investigate if there are overseas offices that fund the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification's operation in Taiwan.”
The TAUP pointed out that Taiwan's national security apparatus must investigate whether Taiwan unification factions and groups are related to China's United Front Work Department. The Executive and the Legislative Yuan should enact legislation to deter foreign agents from harming Taiwan. Legislators said they will look into amending the law to hand out heavier punishment for hate crimes and improve the legal system.