Congressmembers push to honor Laguna Woods church shooting hero

A makeshift memorial for Dr. John Cheng is seen outside his office on May 18, 2022 in Aliso Viejo, California.
A makeshift memorial for Dr. John Cheng is seen outside his office on May 18, 2022 in Aliso Viejo, California. Photo credit Mario Tama/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (KNX) — California Congressmembers want to honor the doctor who sacrificed his life to save other churchgoers last month at Laguna Woods Church.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Rep. Michelle Steel (?-Calif.) submitted legislation to award Dr. John Cheng, 52, a Congressional Gold Medal posthumously, extending the “highest appreciation for actions taken by an individual.”

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Cheng died from a gunshot wound after attempting to rush a gunman who opened fire at Geneva Presbyterian Church. His actions allowed fellow attendees to tackle and subdue the invader, saving dozens of lives, the Orange County Sheriff estimated.

“Dr. Cheng undoubtedly saved lives when he charged the gunman attacking his mother’s church last month. Representative Steel and I are pushing to honor Dr. Cheng’s sacrifice and bestow him with Congress’ highest civilian award,” Rep. Porter said, calling him a hero.

Memorial outside church.
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Congress would need to vote to bestow Cheng with the honor.

Authorities have charged a Las Vegas man, 68, with murder, enhanced with hate crime allegations. Investigators believe the man attacked the church because he hated Taiwanese people.

It’s one of a recent spate of shootings that have prompted a bipartisan push for gun safety legislation that the Senate could vote on sometime this week.

David Wenwei Chou, the 68-year-old Las Vegas man accused of carrying out a shooting rampage at a Laguna Woods church, makes his first in-person appearance in superior court on August 19, 2022.
David Wenwei Chou, the 68-year-old Las Vegas man accused of carrying out a shooting rampage at a Laguna Woods church, makes his first in-person appearance in superior court on August 19, 2022. Photo credit Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

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