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Bishop Shot and Killed In Los Angeles


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Nobody is safe in Los Angeles is safe anymore and that even includes Bishops.

A California Bishop that was appointed by Pope Francis was found shot dead inside of his home on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Bishop David O’Connell was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon by an unknown suspect.

Police found O’Connell dead inside his house with a gunshot wound to his torso.

ABC 7 News had these details to add:

A Southern California auxiliary bishop was shot to death Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, authorities confirmed.

Bishop David O’Connell with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was shot and killed just before 1 p.m. inside a home in Hacienda Heights, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators said O’Connell, who was a priest and later a bishop in L.A. for 45 years, was found in a room with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

The sheriff’s department said detectives are investigating this as a suspicious death though no further details were released.

Information regarding a suspect or suspects was also not immediately released.

Earlier on Saturday, Archbishop José H. Gomez released a statement on O’Connell’s death, saying he had “passed away unexpectedly.”

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“It is a shock and I have no words to express my sadness,” read the statement.

The Daily Mail had more details to add:

A Catholic bishop was shot and killed in his Los Angeles home over the weekend, in an incident police are calling ‘suspicious.’

Authorities said they responded to David O’Connell’s four-bedroom, three-bathroom $1.07million home in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood at around 1pm Saturday afternoon, where he was found with a gunshot wound to his upper torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 69.

Deputies had received a call reporting that a person was not breathing at the address, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now investigating his death as ‘suspicious.’



 

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