SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A man was killed by police Sunday at a Catholic church in Santa Ana.

The shooting happened after an unknown disturbance, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

The incident happened at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church while members were getting ready for 5 p.m. Mass.

Police say the man was inside the church with a gun and someone flagged down police outside, who later shot and killed the man.

The large police presence in front of the church drew crowds.

“It was pretty scary because there were cops running around with rifles,” witness Sarahi Orozco said.

Santa Ana Police shared on Twitter that this was an isolated incident and not intended for mass casualty. They also said it wasn’t a faith-based attack.

No other witnesses or officers were injured in the incident.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Comments (4)
  1. mandyfard says:

    That’s so odd, so sad…. Makes you wonder what mess led to this ending…. 🙁

  2. LanceThruster says:

    As an atheist, it troubled me to hear the police officer (captain?) state, “It was only by the grace of God no one else was killed.” Irrationalism is not something to be promoted by the department.

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