Monterey Park shooting 2023 – update: Huu Can Tran, 72, identified as gunman after body found in white van

Monterey Park shooting 2023 - update: Huu Can Tran, 72, identified as gunman after body found in white van

SWAT team reaches suspect white van involved in standoff connected to LA mass shooting

A man found dead after a police standoff in Torrance was the Monterey Park shooting suspect, the Los Angeles County sheriff has confirmed.

Robert Luna told reporters that officers found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a standoff.

Mr Luna said police found “several pieces of evidence” that links the suspect to both the mass shooting in Monterey Park that left 10 dead and 10 others injured, and a separate situation in the neighbouring city of Alhambra in which the gunman was disarmed by bystanders and then fled in a white van.

The evidence includes a handgun which may be illegal in California.

Mr Luna identified the suspect as Huu Can Tran, 72. A picture has been released of the suspect.

Meanwhile, of the 10 people injured, seven remained hospitalised Sunday night, with at least one person in critical condition.

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California governor visits Monterery Park

California governor Gavin Newsom met residents of Monterey Park impacted by the shooting late on Sunday, according to his Twitter post.

The governor once again called for “real gun reform at a national level.”

“Spent time in Monterey Park today meeting with leaders and those impacted by this terrible tragedy. The strength of this community is incredible,” he wrote.

“No other country in the world is terrorized by this constant stream of gun violence. We need real gun reform at a national level.”

Stuti Mishra23 January 2023 06:30

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‘Impact on our community has been really profound’: Locals reel under Lunar New Year shooting

It was a joyful kickoff to the first Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park since before the pandemic, with large crowds filling the streets in the majority Chinese American city near Los Angeles for live entertainment, carnival rides and plenty of food.

But the celebrations were marred by tragedy on Saturday night after a gunman entered a ballroom dance hall and opened fire, killing 10 people, wounding 10 more and sending panicked revellers into the streets.

Sunday’s festivities were cancelled, though some Lunar New Year celebrations went on in neighbouring cities also home to large Asian-American populations.

The massacre sent shock waves through Asian American communities around the nation, prompting police from San Francisco to New York to step up patrols at Lunar New Year celebrations in their own cities.

Asian community reeling after Lunar New Year shooting

A joyful kickoff to the first Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park since before the pandemic was marred by tragedy after a gunman opened fire inside a dance hall, killing 10 people in the majority Asian city near Los Angeles

Stuti Mishra23 January 2023 06:00

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What we know about Huu Can Tran, the Monterey Park mass shooting suspect

The police have identified Huu Can Tran, a septuagenarian, as the only suspect in the mass shooting at Monterey Park in California that left 10 people dead.

The 72-year-old was a regular at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio and used to give informal lessons when he met his ex-wife two decades ago.

People close to the suspect said he used to frequent the dance studio but it’s not clear when was the last time he visited the site before the shooting.

Not a lot is known about the motive behind the mass shooting at this point as authorities work to identify victims and investigate the case.

He died from self-inflicted injuries after a standoff with the police, authorities confirmed, adding that evidence found in his van has linked him to both Monterey Park and Alhambra shooting incidents.

My colleague Sravasti Dasgupta has more:

Stuti Mishra23 January 2023 05:30

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Monterey Park dance studio was popular among older patrons

The Star Ballroom Dance Studio where a deadly shooting took place on Saturday was a popular venue among middle-aged and senior people, locals said.

The dance studio opened in 1990, and its website features many photographs of past Lunar New Year celebrations showing patrons smiling and dancing in party clothes in its large, brightly lit ballroom.

Most of its patrons are middle-aged or seniors, though children also attend youth dance classes, a teacher at the studio who asked to not be named, told Reuters.

“Those are normal working people,” the teacher said. “Some are retired and just looking for an exercise or social interaction.”

A flyer posted on the website advertised Saturday night’s new year party, running from 7.30pm to 12.30am on Sunday.

The city of about 60,000 people has for decades been a destination for immigrants from China and was described by locals as a quiet, peaceful, beautiful place where everybody knows each other and helps each other.

Around 65 per cent of its residents are Asian, according to US census data, and the city is known for its many Chinese restaurants and groceries.

The gunshots were mistaken by some for new year fireworks, according to Tiffany Chiu, 30, who was celebrating at her parents’ home near the ballroom.

“A lot of older people live here, it’s usually really quiet,” she said. “This is not something you expect here,” she told the news agency.

Investigators leave the Star Ballroom Dance Studio following Saturday’s fatal mass shooting in Monterey Park

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Stuti Mishra23 January 2023 05:00

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Gunman frequently visited Monterey Park dance studio, people close to him say

The California shooting suspect frequently visited the dance studio where 10 people were killed and met his ex-wife there two decades ago, several close acquaintances have reportedly said.

Huu Can Tran, the suspected gunman who allegedly killed 10 people on Saturday before fatally shooting himself after a manhunt, used to give informal lessons at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, his ex-wife, who did not want to be identified, told CNN.

The two met for the first time at the popular community centre two decades ago and got married. While she said the 72-year-old was never violent to her, she added that he could be quick to anger.

The couple got divorced in 2005.

Another long-time acquaintance was quoted by CNN saying that the gunman used to be a frequent presence at the dance studio. However, it isn’t clear when was the last time he visited.

Stuti Mishra23 January 2023 04:20

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Police recover ‘several pieces of evidence’ from shooting suspect’s van

Police say they have discovered “several pieces of evidence” inside the white van where California shooting suspect Huu Can Tran was found dead.

According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna, the evidence that links the suspect to Monterey Park, as well as to nearby Alhambra, includes a handgun which may be illegal in California.

He described it as a “magazine-fed, semiautomatic assault pistol” with an extended, large-capacity magazine.

Stuti Mishra23 January 2023 04:00

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Man found dead in white van was California suspect, police confirm

A man found dead after a police standoff in Torrance was the Monterey Park shooting suspect, the Los Angeles County sheriff has confirmed.

Robert Luna told reporters that officers found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a standoff.

Police in Torrance, California, which is located outside Los Angeles, identified a white van and surrounded it on Sunday afternoon with police vehicles, including SWAT vans and armoured BearCat vehicles.

Mr Luna identified the suspect as Huu Can Tran, 72.

Police have also recovered some evidence, including an assault gun, from the van, which links the suspect to both the Alhambra and Monterey Park scenes, according to Mr Luna, who said there are “no outstanding suspects” connected to the massacre.

Stuti Mishra23 January 2023 03:38

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Monterey Park shooting suspect may ‘have been motivated by jealousy’

A prominent member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce told ABC that the shooting may have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Law enforcement has not corroborated that information, saying only that the suspect is believed to be an Asian male between 30 and 50 years old.

Chester Chong said that the owner of the dance ballroom studio was hosting a party at the time the shooting took place. He alleged that the gunman was the husband of a woman attending the gathering.

The shooting occurred as the predominantly Asian American community of Monterey Park prepared to officially begin the Lunar New Year celebrations.

Andrea Blanco23 January 2023 03:00

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Lunar New Year celebrations cancelled following deadly shooting

The City of Monterey Park has cancelled the second day of Lunar New Year celebrations after a gunman opened fire inside a dance room studio in the city, killing ten people and injuring ten others.

“The City of Monterey Park is saddened to announce that there was a shooting incident that occurred at 122 West Garvey in the City of Monterey Park late on Saturday, January 21. The City expresses condolences to the individuals, families, and friends who were injured in this tragic incident,” the city said in a statement.

“Even though the incident did not occur at the 2023 Lunar New Year Festival, an active investigation is currently underway and the area near and around the festival is affected.

“As a precaution and for the safety of everyone, the City regrets to announce the cancellation of the second day of the festival, which was scheduled for today, Sunday, January 22.

During a press conference earlier on Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna had encouraged residents to assist other Lunar New Year celebrations, and said he would be attending one himself later that day.

Mr Luna said law enforcement would update the community if it is believed there is a threat.

Andrea Blanco23 January 2023 02:40

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Resource center is set up for victims, survivors

In response to the mass shooting this morning, authorities in Monterey Park have set up a victims resource centre at the Langley Senior Center located at 400 West Emerson Avenue

“I want to make sure the victims, families and friends take advantage of that resource,” Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna said during a press conference on Sunday.

“There are so many parts to this. The response, the medical side of it but as we’re looking for the suspect, we will not forget the victims and survivors.”

“…It is our responsibility to wrap our arms around them.”

Ten people were killed and ten others were wounded during the violence on Saturday night.

Andrea Blanco23 January 2023 02:20

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