I Am Safe and Not Injured in Recent Mass Shooting

Laguna Presbyterian, Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Woods, California
May 15, 2022 5:18pm CST
As many of my friends around the world know, I live in Laguna Woods, California and those of you who read the national and international news are about to hear about a mass shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California. That church is just two blocks from my home. I have friends who attend there, and I have gone to services at that church, as well as several meetings. However, my husband and I attend Laguna Presbyterian Church, in Laguna Beach, California, which is about 4 miles away. We were NOT at Geneva Presbyterian Church during the shooting. We have not yet heard who was shot, or if we know any of them. We have heard that one person was killed, four were critically injured, and at least one person received minor injuries. This morning, I drove right past Geneva Presbyterian on my way to Laguna Presbyterian to pick up the church flowers after the service and take them to a sick member of our church. I returned home just minutes before the shooting at Geneva Presbyterian. My husband and I are saddened and a bit upset over this mass shooting, within a short walk of our home. I just wanted everyone to know that my husband and I are safe, before you hear about the shooting on the news and wondered about me. I've attached a photo of the church I attend in Laguna Beach.
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@DWDavis (20609)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 May
Thank goodness you are safe. My heart goes out to those wounded and the families of all the victims.
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@CarolDM (187007)
• United States
15 May
Thank you for letting us know you are safe.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@CarolDM - Thank you, Carol. It was a Taiwanese congregation that meets at the church after the regular service. One of my neighbors is Taiwanese and I have not seen her since it happened. I am waiting to hear that they are OK.
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@CarolDM - My neighbors are home and seem to be OK. I have not spoken to them, yet, about if they know the people who were killed or injured. It is so sad.
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@CarolDM (187007)
• United States
17 May
@DeborahDiane So many tragedies all over the country lately.
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@much2say (55046)
• Los Angeles, California
15 May
I was just going to message you! My sister just texted me to ask about my MIL who is in Laguna Niguel . . . I remembered you were in Laguna Woods. Thank goodness you and your husband are ok! But I feel awful for those the victims and their families. What a crazy, sick world we live in .
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• Laguna Woods, California
19 May
@much2say - I agree we live in dangerous times. It is crazy when people cannot eat in an outdoor cafe in Los Angeles without being robbed of their jewelry, or attend church or school without worrying about a mass shooter. It is so sad what has happened in this country.
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@much2say (55046)
• Los Angeles, California
25 May
@DeborahDiane Oh gosh, and here we go again with another school shooting in Texas. When is this ever going to stop. We need to get a grip on this problem NOW. Right - everyone is talking about what needs to be done, but nothing is really being done .
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 May
@much2say - I was heart-broken yesterday when I heard about those little children, on their Awards Day, being slaughtered by a teenager with TWO AR-17 semi-automatic rifles. Republican Senators are holding this country hostage, and nothing will change until the hearts of voters are changed so they STOP VOTING for these terrible people who are under the thumbs of the NRA.
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@FourWalls (44151)
• United States
15 May
Insanity. Yesterday a KID (teenager) was gunned down a couple of miles from my house. I’m glad you’re safe, and I pray for the church and its parishioners.
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@FourWalls (44151)
• United States
17 May
@DeborahDiane — if you think back to Biblical times, Israel decided they wanted a king (a politician) over God’s rule. It made Samuel sad, but God told Samuel to give them what they wanted because, “It’s not you they are rejecting, it’s Me.” After Solomon Israel was divided and eventually destroyed….because they put their faith in man and not God. If you think back to the start of this conservative political movement, it was started by a religious person, Jerry Falwell. In essence, he repeated Israel’s cry to have a political leader instead of God leading the nation. And look where it’s got us. Now the “conservatives” worship Trump, not God.
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@snowy22315 (138267)
• United States
15 May
I am very glad you and hubby are safe, and weren't involved in the shooting.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@snowy22315 - It has been a very upsetting day. I'm glad we were safe, too, but I feel badly for the people who were there.
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@snowy22315 (138267)
• United States
16 May
@DeborahDiane I can imagine. How is your husband doing? He is hanging in there I take it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@snowy22315 - Thank you for asking. My husband had surgery on his carotid artery about 11 days ago, and today is the first day he has felt well. He is still very weak. He was having a series of TIA mini-strokes before the surgery, and they seem to have stopped so, perhaps, we have dealt with one of his many health issues. That's a blessing!
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@Deepizzaguy (67772)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 May
Thank goodness you and your husband are safe and sound.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@Deepizzaguy - It was so scary. We have often been inside that church building. It is very open to the community and hosts many meetings and activities there, has a preschool, and is always busy. I am so sad for the people who were injured and killed, as well as their friends and family.
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@Deepizzaguy (67772)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
16 May
@DeborahDiane I know how you feel since it is becoming a scary world when the news reports about shootings from supermarkets, churches, schools and evening bowling alleys.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@Deepizzaguy - Yes, it doesn't feel like we can safely go anywhere, anymore. It is a sad state of affairs.
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@Juliaacv (67144)
• Canada
15 May
Thankfully you are both safe and sound physically, hopefully you will remain safe since it was a random shooting and not targeted to your neighbourhood.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@Juliaacv - Yes, I'm glad we are safe. The shooting occurred at a location where we often have walked, gone to meetings, etc. It was very upsetting.
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@Juliaacv (67144)
• Canada
16 May
@DeborahDiane Its so sad that we cannot feel truly safe in places that we have long gone to.
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@franxav (12845)
• India
15 May
Can't understand why they do such cruelty to church going people.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@franxav - I cannot understand why anyone shoots another person. It is horrifying.
@Morleyhunt (21784)
• Canada
15 May
Yikes. Too close to home. Glad you are okay.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@Morleyhunt - Yes, it was too close to home. It has created turmoil for everyone in our community.
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@crossbones27 (43902)
• Redlands, California
15 May
Geez, sounds like a bad day, was wattching basketball and news came on after saying something happened too in Buffalo. Was doing online things so did not really paying attention until they said they sad, mad that a terrorist would come in do this to our community. I am glad you all OK miss lady and its never going to get better with how we view crap I did not get full story but once again sounds like home grown terrorists they talking about. . Sad to say. Just have to have your head on a swivel at all times. These times are something else.
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@LadyDuck (394591)
• Switzerland
16 May
As soon as I read the news I thought to you, but I thought to remember that you used to go to another Church. I am glad to know that both you and your husband are safe.
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@LadyDuck (394591)
• Switzerland
17 May
@DeborahDiane - I am so sorry for the local doctor who lost his life. I have not yet checked who and why went to the church to kill people.
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@LadyDuck (394591)
• Switzerland
18 May
@DeborahDiane Oh my goodness, this man was surely full of hate. I imagine he had a mental problem.
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• Laguna Woods, California
19 May
@LadyDuck - Yes, it seems strange. Sometimes psychologists look back at these gunmen and find something that "triggered" their sudden desire to hurt other people, like a divorce or job loss. Other times, they just cannot figure it out.
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@RubyHawk (63580)
• Atlanta, Georgia
16 May
I hadn’t heard about the shooting but I’m happy to hear you and hubby are safe.It must have been a crazy person doing the shooting.
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@RubyHawk (63580)
• Atlanta, Georgia
16 May
@DeborahDiane It happens way too often and usually it’s a seemingly normal person that’s the shooter.
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@RubyHawk - Yes, people do not walk around with "potential mass shooter" written on their foreheads. Sometimes they say or do something that makes them suspicious, but other times people keep saying, "I can't imagine him doing something like that."
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@RubyHawk (63580)
• Atlanta, Georgia
18 May
@DeborahDiane If you look at past shootings you hear people say it was the last person they would have thought of.
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@celticeagle (133127)
• Boise, Idaho
16 May
Good to know you and yours are safe. I think I would be totally weirded out by this.
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@celticeagle - Everyone around here has been "weirded out" by this. Too, too close for comfort.
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@celticeagle (133127)
• Boise, Idaho
17 May
@DeborahDiane ......Way too close. Something in the cosmos kept you guys away.
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• Laguna Woods, California
19 May
@celticeagle - We were fortunate, but too many other people were not. Somehow, we need to find a way to stop these mass shootings before they begin.
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@DaddyEvil (82271)
• United States
16 May
I'm glad to know you and your hubby are both safe.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@DaddyEvil - If things don't change, I'm going to become like Pretty and try to just stay home all the time. It has become so dangerous to go anywhere. A 52 year-old doctor was killed in this incident. So terrible.
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@DaddyEvil (82271)
• United States
18 May
@DeborahDiane I understand. Just be as careful as you can, please.
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• Laguna Woods, California
18 May
@DaddyEvil - Thanks! My friends and I walked inside our gated retirement community today, and talked about how close the shooting was to our homes. We chatted about how scary it is to go anywhere these days. What is especially sad about our conversation is that one of the women I walk with is a tiny, blond-haired Jewish woman who taught in Compton (one of the poorest areas of Los Angeles) for 30 years, and never felt any danger. Today, they have off-duty police officers outside their synagogue when they have a service. Terrible.
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@TheHorse (155717)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 May
Glad you are safe. I hope you did not lose anyone.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 May
@TheHorse - I was very concerned about my Taiwanese neighbors for a few days, because I didn't see their car. However, they were just out of town. It was so sad, though. A peaceful group of people who didn't hurt anyone being shot because of one, mentally ill, angry person who took out his frustrations on them.
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@TheHorse (155717)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 May
@DeborahDiane We in California are partially responsible. Reagan "turned the crazies" loose when he was Governor here, and the rest of the Country followed suit.
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 May
@TheHorse - I totally agree. Once the mental hospitals were closed, those people either ended up on the streets, or living poorly regulated lives which eventually resulted in them flipping out at some point. It happens across the country every day.
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@Hannihar (122266)
• Israel
16 May
By Deborah-Diane @DeborahDiane I am glad you are ok and that you were not there when they had the shooting. I hope you did not lose any friends in the shooting. No, I have not read or heard about the shooting there.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@Hannihar - We have so many mass shootings in the United States (four this past weekend) that I am not surprised you did not hear about it in Israel. So many people are dying here. It is sad.
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@Hannihar (122266)
• Israel
17 May
@DeborahDiane If I did hear something I guess I forgot it because our enemies are very busy trying to get rid of us and that will not happen. We have things going on here that do not make the news is why I said it may not be on the news. I only go to one place for news here and it also deals with things that happen outside of Israel too but I do not recall reading about that.
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@Hannihar - It is hard to keep up with everything that is going on all around the world. In the past, people only worried about their local news. Times were simpler then.
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@marlina (146921)
• Canada
16 May
So glad that you are okay but so sad about what happened.
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@marlina (146921)
• Canada
16 May
@DeborahDiane It is terrifying, it seems that too many people are losing their marbles.
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@marlina - Totally agree!
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@JudyEv (279116)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
I am so glad you are safe and thanks for letting us know. What a dreadful thing to happen and it would be quite upsetting to have it happening so close to where you live.
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@JudyEv (279116)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 May
@DeborahDiane We get along perfectly well without them here. Of course, many have them illegally but the general 'John Citizen' doesn't. However, I can understand how hard it would be to change people's attitudes in the USA.
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@oahuwriter (23621)
• United States
16 May
Relieved !!! Saw about on news.
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@oahuwriter - So many things are crazy right now.
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@dodo19 (46036)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
16 May
I'm glad to hear that you guys weren't there at the time and aren't hurt.
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@dodo19 (46036)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
17 May
@DeborahDiane That is definitely so sad.
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