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Man charged with murder in retreat shooting near Temecula

April 14, 2009 |  3:39 pm

A 69-year-old man who volunteered at a Christian retreat center near Temecula, where he allegedly shot and killed a female resident, has been charged with murder, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office.

John Chong also has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, with one count carrying an enhancement of causing great bodily harm. All the counts carry an enhancement of personal use of a firearm, said John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney's office.

Hall said Chong had targeted the victims because of a conflict he had with them.

"He felt he was being treated unfairly and that he was doing most of the work," Hall said.

Investigators say Chong killed the woman and wounded her husband April 7 before being disarmed by another couple he had attempted to kill.

-- Ruben Vives