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Doctor who fought gunman remembered as epitome of kindness

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Posted at 2:17 PM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-18 17:17:31-04

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Friends and colleagues of Dr. John Cheng say they were not surprised the quiet, kind and calm sports medicine physician saved others by rushing at the gunman firing on a Southern California church luncheon.

The 52-year-old father of two was known for doing all he could to protect people.

He even had taken courses to prepare for such a horrific event, concerned about the growing number of mass shootings.

Active shooter experts say that preparedness combined with Cheng's serene disposition likely gave him a proclivity for acting heroically.

Cheng was killed and five were wounded in Sunday's shooting.

Authorities credit him for saving perhaps dozens of lives.