SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — A crisis comfort therapy dog ​​and his handler, working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, were called to one of the hospitals treating some of the victims of the shooting Sunday. Laguna Woods Church.

The dog’s owner told Eyewitness News that he is a retired sergeant with the OC Sheriff’s Department. He says it’s essential for first responders to remove themselves from these traumatic situations, even momentarily to allow their minds to take a break.

This is where Henry the Dog comes in.

“When we walked in Henry was mobbed by the nurses because they’ve been, it’s just crazy for the last four or five hours,” Steven Booth said. “Not only for the usual issues that they have to deal with, but when they have to deal with an incident like this, it’s even more difficult,” said Steven Booth.

Two of the victims injured in Sunday’s shooting were transported to Orange County World Medical Center. Two other victims were taken to Providence Mission Hospital.

These two hospitals are those whose trauma centers are closest to the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, where the shooting occurred.

A fifth person was taken to the UCI Medical Center in Orange.

According to the OC Sheriff’s Department, four of the hospitalized victims were seriously injured and a fifth suffered minor injuries.

These five victims, four men and one woman, are between 66 and 92 years old.

MORE | 1 dead and several others seriously injured after shooting inside a church in Laguna Woods

Earlier, at Providence Mission Hospital, a crime scene lab van was on hand to help with the investigation into the shooting.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Mission Hospital said:

“The Providence Mission Hospital Trauma Center is the only Level II trauma facility in Southern Orange County, and our patients receive the highest quality care.”

No update on the conditions of the five hospitalized victims was available.

Investigators say they are waiting to release the identity of the sixth person who died at the scene until they have notified next of kin.

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