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Taiwan church shooting in California: Five questions behind ‘politically motivated vendetta’ – BBC News

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Taiwan church shooting in California: Five questions behind ‘politically motivated vendetta’ – BBC News

May 20, 2022

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People pay tribute to Zheng Dazhi, a Taiwanese doctor who was killed in a fight with the gunman in the shooting incident

The recent gun murder case at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Irvine, Southern California, USA not only shocked Taiwan and became the focus of the media, but also shocked the global Chinese community, and was reported by Chinese-language media including mainland China. .

In particular, the local police said that the murder was a “hate incident”, which made a murder in the United States linked to Taiwan’s politics and even the situation in the Taiwan Strait, attracting attention from all parties.

According to the Orange County Sheriff, who is investigating the case, the suspect is a Chinese-American citizen and the attack was a “politically motivated hate incident.” The gunman, Zhou Wenwei, who lived in Taiwan, was “dissatisfied with the political tension between China and Taiwan” and had a disgust for Taiwan, police said. Orange County, California (Orange County) has charged Zhou Wenwei with one count of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder, and does not rule out seeking the death penalty.

The FBI also launched a federal-level hate crime investigation, and found in his car material that he hated and disliked Taiwan, including a note he wrote “Taiwan is not an independent country.”

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