Los Angeles’s Fox affiliate reports:
A local Catholic church official was shot and killed in Los Angeles County, California, on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s department. David O’Connell, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was fatally shot in the incident in Hacienda Heights, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Deputies responded to the shooting and when they arrived at the scene, they discovered O’Connell suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. O’Connell was shot in his home, according to deputies. The incident remains under investigation.
“It’s very early in the investigation,” sheriff’s department Homicide Bureau Detective Michael Modica said, according to KCAL. “We got a lot more steps we have to take to make more determination to what’s happening.”
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#Breaking: LASD deputies confirm that David O’Connell, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is dead after fatal shooting in Hacienda Heights. He was 69. https://t.co/zOtiGvVgnx
— KCAL News (@kcalnews) February 19, 2023
The US Archdiocese of Los Angeles mourns the late Bishop David O’Connell, who died due to a gunshot wound on Saturday, and recalls his life of service to the Church as a peacemaker and advocate for immigrants.https://t.co/gOv3tvVfnm
— Vatican News (@VaticanNews) February 19, 2023
In California, the death of a Catholic bishop is under investigation after he was found shot to death in his Los Angeles-area home. Parishioners gathered outside Bishop David O’Connell’s home on Saturday, looking for answers. He was 69 years old. #SundayTODAY pic.twitter.com/bU1YiSKBCI
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 19, 2023