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1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting at religious retreat

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  • NEW: Shooting during California religious retreat leaves one dead, five wounded
  • NEW: Those who were shot are in critical condition
  • Officers say they are having trouble getting details because of language barrier
  • Police say suspected shooter, 69-year-old John Chong, was also injured
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(CNN) -- Detectives are trying to piece together what led to a shooting during a religious retreat that killed one person and wounded five others at a campground in Southern California.

The shooting was reported about 7:23 p.m. Tuesday (10:23 p.m. ET), near the city of Temecula, at a Korean group retreat, said Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, public information officer for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The suspect, a 69-year-old John Chong, was among those wounded and remained hospitalized Wednesday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Two other people suffered gunshot wounds, and a woman, 58-year-old Chuneui Yun, died from her injuries.

Two others sustained injuries related to a struggle, authorities said.

Those shot were in critical condition, Gutierrez said Tuesday night. Police had trouble getting information because of a language barrier, he said.

"There are some ladies here who appear to be nuns who are very distraught about what just occurred here," he said.

A handgun was recovered by authorities, Riverside Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela said Wednesday. Police were attempting to determine whether there was a relationship between the suspected gunman and the victims.

Valenzuela said Tuesday night the victims were in different locations, "so it is a fairly big crime scene."

CNN's Rosalina Nieves contributed to this report.

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