The man who allegedly killed one person and injured five more in a mass shooting at a Taiwanese church gathering in Laguna Woods, California, mailed stacks of handwritten letters—titled “Diary of an Independence-Destroying Angel”—to a Chinese-language newspaper’s Los Angeles office before the tragic incident.
The media outlet also stated that the documents had been turned over to the police and that it won't report on their content.
Chou is a native of Taiwan and a U.S. citizen living in Las Vegas. He drove to California the night before the attack at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, where a Taiwanese service was being held on May 15.
Authorities found in Chou’s car notes written in Chinese characters disapproving of Taiwan’s independence from China.
Investigators are still uncertain why Chou targeted the church, which wasn't the only place with Taiwanese concentration.
Before the shooting, Chou chained, nailed, and glued the exits shut to prevent parishioners from fleeing.
Dr. John Cheng, 52, charged at Chou shortly after he started shooting. Cheng was fatally shot multiple times and was later honored by authorities as a “hero” who potentially saved many more lives.
Members of the congregation were able to subdue Chou following Cheng’s act before the police arrived shortly after.
Chou’s arraignment will be on June 10. He remains jailed without bail.