A man accused of shooting at a California church, allegedly motivated by his political hatred of Taiwan, sent several documents to a Chinese-language newspaper before the incident, the newspaper reported.

On wednesday World Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States, reported that before Sunday’s filming, 68-year-old David Zhou mailed seven photocopied volumes of handwritten Chinese text and a flash drive to his Los Angeles branch. Documents that have been titled The diary of an angel who destroys independencewere received by an information publication on Monday.

World Journal stated that it does not report the contents of the materials sent by mail, but passes them to the Orange County Police for investigation. The Orange County Police Department’s public relations department told the Voice of America Mandarin by phone Wednesday that “we know and are investigating.”

Orange County Attorney Todd Spitzer said Tuesday that Zhou was charged with one charge of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder and four counts of possession of an explosive device. The politician said Chow traveled to Orange County in Southern California on Saturday, and on Sunday attended a dinner held by senior parishioners of Taiwan’s Irwin Presbyterian Church before opening fire, killing one and injuring five.

Zhou, who lived in Las Vegas, was a U.S. citizen who, according to authorities, grew up in Taiwan. On Monday, Orange County police said Chow was motivated by hatred against Taiwan.

China considers the self-governing Taiwan a secessionist province and does not rule out the use of force to reunite the two sides.

David Chow in a photo published May 16, 2022 by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The FBI has said it has launched a federal investigation into the hate crime.

Orange County Registry reported that an article from April 3, 2019 in the Chinese news network of Las Vegas showed that Zhou attended the inaugural meeting of the Chinese of Las Vegas for peaceful unification. The organization aims to promote the peaceful unification of mainland China and Taiwan. “Asking for peace from Beijing and asking for unification from Taiwan,” his slogan said.

Gu Yawen, president of the Chinese Peace Association in Las Vegas, denied to the Voice of America that Zhou had any relationship with her organization.

“We have nothing to do with him,” she told the Voice of America by telephone on Tuesday. “He really came to our inauguration and came on stage to promote his book in support of then-presidential candidate Han Guo-yu, but that’s all.”

Khan was the presidential candidate of the Kuomintang (Kuomintang) party, which advocated reunification, in the 2020 elections in Taiwan.

Gu said that because Zhou made a brief remark that day, some journalists considered him a member of the group. “But he is not. I’ve talked to him before. His thoughts were too extreme to participate in our mission, ”she told Voice of America.

However, in a separate interview on Tuesday with China Review NewsGu said that “Chow has not participated in any of our events since the second half of 2019. And he has not been a member since.”

Gu also stressed that her organization has no relations with the National Association for the Peaceful Unification of China, a semi-official organization of the Labor Department of the United Front of the Communist Party of China, which aims to promote the unification of mainland China and Taiwan.

Gu told the Voice of America that Zhou’s extraordinary thoughts stemmed from his anti-Taiwanese political stance. She also suggested that he had problems in his personal life.

“His opposition to Taiwan’s independence is true. His political position, combined with the fact that (he) was relatively unhappy in his personal life, could lead to his extreme opinions, ”she said.

Gabe Kippers, a neighbor of the victim of the shooting at Dr. John Cheng Church, is kneeling at his memorial near his office building on May 17, 2022 in Alice Viejo, California.

Gabe Kippers, a neighbor of the victim of the shooting at Dr. John Cheng Church, is kneeling at his memorial near his office building on May 17, 2022 in Alice Viejo, California.

Local Chinese Las Vegas News Network reported that Zhou was attacked in 2012. According to the report, Chow owned 12 condominiums in Las Vegas and in April 2012 he was attacked by a man and a woman while he was collecting rent. From the attack he became deaf in his right ear.

Balmar Orellana, Chow’s neighbor in Las Vegas, told local media that Chow was “a nice old man whose life has started to fall apart in the last year or so.”

He said Zhou was actually the owner of their apartment building, but last year it was sold cheaper than he had hoped. Judy Rock, his realtor, told local media that at the same time as the sale, Zhou’s wife was dying of cancer.

Authorities said while Chow was motivated by political hatred of Taiwan, he chose a church in California by accident and knew no one there.

Gu from the branch of the National Association of Peaceful Unification of China in Las Vegas questioned the statement. “If he’s just against Taiwan, we also have the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas. Why did he go to Laguna Woods, California, she asked. “I think there may be someone in the church with whom he quarreled.”

Wei Bizhou, Deputy Editor-in-Chief World Journal North Americatold VOA Mandarin that the choice is fully in line with Zhou’s hatred of Taiwan’s independence.

“This is because Taiwan’s Irwin Presbyterian Church has deep roots with the Tainan Theological College and Seminary that promote Taiwan’s independence,” he said. “So I don’t think the police can conclude that he chose the church by accident.”

The Presbyterian Church is the most famous of the Christian dominions in Taiwan.

Leo Nachman, a doctoral student at the Harvard Center for Chinese Studies in Fairbanks, told local media that the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan is known for supporting the independence movement.

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