Cops: Gunman Confessed to Shooting Rampage

Southern California authorities have filed murder and attempted murder charges against the suspect in last week's shooting rampage at a rural Roman Catholic Korean retreat.

The Riverside County district attorney's office filed one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder on Wednesday against 69-year-old John Suchan Chong.

The suspect confessed to the shooting during an interview Friday, authorities told the North County Times.

Chong also told investigators that he purchased the .32-caliber revolver in December and practiced using it in the hills surrounding the retreat east of Temecula, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Michael Lujan said.

Investigators say Chong fatally shot a woman at the Kkottongnae Retreat Camp on April 7 and wounded her husband before another couple disarmed him in a violent struggle after he tried to shoot them as well.

Chong suffered severe head trauma in the fight and was initially unconscious.

An arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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