Catholic Bishop Fatally Shot in California

The Los Angeles Archdiocese auxiliary bishop was shot to death Saturday afternoon, officials said. 

  • Bishop David O’Connell was reportedly known as a “peacemaker.”
  • The 69-year-old native of Ireland was fatally at about 1 p.m. Saturday  inside of his Hacienda Heights neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
  • O’Connell, who served in the Los Angeles area for 45 years, was reportedly shot in the chest.
  • “Bishop Dave was a man of deep prayer who had a great love for Our Blessed Mother. He was a peacemaker with a heart for the poor and the immigrant, and he had a passion for building a community where the sanctity and dignity of every human life was honored and protected,” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said.