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Motive in Temecula shooting still undetermined

April 9, 2009 |  1:49 pm

A broken patio door and blood stains at a cottage tell the tale of where physical fight took place between the shooter John Chung, 69, and resident husband and wife Joseph Kim Julianna Kim at Kkottongnae, a Korean Christian retreat center in unincorporated city of Ranch California, where two gun shot victims were found last night. Credit: Irfin Khan / LA Times

Police are still trying to determine why a man opened fire at a Christian retreat in Temecula this week, killing a woman and injuring three others who lived in the quiet Riverside County community.

Charges against John Chong, who allegedly committed the attacks, are pending as he recovers from injuries he sustained in a fight with other residents, said Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela. Possible charges include one count of homicide, three counts of attempted homicide and an unknown weapons violation.

Chong, known to residents of the Kkottongnae Retreat Camp as an intensely private man, allegedly shot and killed Chuneui Yun, 58,  Tuesday night. Her husband, Jong Pil Yun, 58, is expected to survive his gunshot wounds. Chong also injured residents Joseph Kim, 69, and his wife, Julina Kim, 65, in hand-to-hand fighting.

-- James Wagner

Photo: A broken patio door and blood stains at a cottage tell the tale of where physical fight took place between the shooter John Chung, 69, and resident husband and wife Joseph Kim Julianna Kim at Kkottongnae, a Korean Christian retreat center in unincorporated city of Ranch California, where two gun shot victims were found last night. Credit: Irfin Khan / LA Times

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