At May 16th’s press conference, we referred to the Laguna Woods church shooting suspect, David Chou, as, “a US Citizen who emigrated from China.” The information regarding his nationality was provided to us during interviews with people familiar with the suspect, while communicating through interpreters. While later speaking with the suspect, he indicated that he was born and raised in Taiwan.
According to the suspect’s writings that have been interpreted, he fostered a grievance against the Taiwanese community and he was upset about the political tensions between China and Taiwan.
In the early stages of multifaceted investigations, information is fluid. We work to provide information to the community and the media in real time, endeavoring to be as transparent as possible. We are sharing this clarification in that same spirit of transparency and we will continue to provide updates as we receive them.