Authorities said Sunday that a suspected shooter who allegedly shot 20 people — killing 10 — at a dance studio near a Lunar New Year celebration in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Filming took place in a community of 61,000 people, 65% of whom are Asians. 10 people died on the spot – five men and five women, another 10 were taken to local hospitals in a stable to critical condition. At the time of publication, seven remain in the hospital.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Sunday night that the suspect, Huu Kang Tran, 72, was found dead in a white van in the parking lot of a mall in Torrance, California, about 30 miles southwest of Monterey Park. where the massacre took place. . Authorities said they found a gun and other evidence in the van. Sources told CNN that Tran regularly visited the dance studio, including meeting his ex-wife there.
The shooting occurred at 10:22 p.m. at the Star ballroom dance studio on the eve of the Lunar New Year, which was mostly visited by Asians in the San Gabriel Valley. Monterey Park is located about 7 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The same gunman was later linked to a 10:30 p.m. incident at another dance studio in the nearby suburb of the Alhambra, north of Monterey Park, in which a man fled and two members of the community seized weapons. The sheriff’s department said “several pieces of evidence” related to both incidents, including a handgun, were found in the van the suspect was driving. They added that no suspects were involved in the massacre, and there was no danger to the area. Los Angeles County Sheriff Luna said: “We are still not clear on the motive … The investigation is ongoing … we want to know how something so terrible could happen.”
Governor Gavin Newsom wrote on Twitter: “No one should be afraid to go on a holiday with their community. Our thoughts are with the victims and all those affected.” And President Biden ordered all U.S. flags to be lowered on public buildings in honor of the victims, issuing a statement: “Even as we continue to seek answers about this attack, we know how deeply this attack affected Asian Americans and the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA) and NHPI). Monterey Park is home to one of the largest AA and NHPI communities in America, many of whom celebrated the Lunar New Year with their family and friends this weekend.”
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