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Authorities look for a motive in the massacre during Lunar New Year

By 01/23/2023 6:15 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Authorities investigated why the shooter targeted a ballroom dancing club during Lunar New Year celebrations in the Los Angeles region, killing ten people and shaking Asian American communities and countrywide celebrations.

Huu Can Tran, 72, the suspect, was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday inside the van that police believe he fled in after attempting to attack a second dance club.

Tran might have frequented the first dance venue he chose, according to the mayor of Monterey Park.

The shooting, which occurred at one of California’s most significant celebrations of a festival celebrated in many Asian cultures, dealt another blow to a community that had already suffered four mass killings this month.

Since May 24, when 21 people were slain in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, it was also the deadliest attack.

Authorities claimed that the rampage might have been even deadlier.

The New York Times stated that a guy whose family owns the second dance hall confronted the attacker in the lobby and took the gun away.

About Tran, the authorities have not disclosed anything.

“We do recognize that he might have a history of frequenting this dance club, and perhaps some interpersonal contacts played a role in his motive.

But that’s something that I believe investigators are still learning about and looking into, according to Henry Lo, mayor of Monterey Park.

According to public data, Tran once resided at addresses in the city and its environs.

However, the mayor and LA County Sheriff Robert Luna emphasized that it was still unknown what motivated the attack, which left ten other individuals injured.

At a news conference on Sunday night, Luna claimed that it looked that all of the victims were over 50.

According to the sheriff, there were no additional suspects still at large.

Another firearm was found in the van where Tran died, and the suspect was seen carrying what Luna characterized as a semi-automatic revolver with an extended magazine.

According to Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese, cops arrived at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park three minutes after receiving the report.

They discovered chaos inside, with people attempting to escape through every door.

Wiese said that the parking lot was in a chaotic state when they arrived.

The shooter entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in the neighboring city of Alhambra about 20 minutes after the initial assault.

At the moment, Brandon Tsay was in the lobby and told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he believed he would pass away.

“Something took hold of me. I realized that I had to take the firearm from him and disarm him to save everyone’s lives, Tsay stated.

We engaged in a tussle when I summoned the guts to leap at him with both hands while grabbing the weapon.

Tsay grabbed the weapon and said, “Get the hell out,” pointing it at the man.

Tsay contacted the police while holding the gun motionless while the attacker halted before returning to his van.

Luna told reporters on Sunday that two individuals took the attacker’s weapon away, but Tsay, who works a few days a week at the dance hall his grandparents founded, claimed to have acted alone in a statement to The New York Times.

Only the two men battling for the gun could be seen in stills from security footage released on “Good Morning America.”

In Torrance, another area with a high concentration of Asian Americans, the suspect’s white vehicle was discovered.

Hours later, after spending a lot of time encircling the car, police flooded the place and started searching.

The body, which looked slumped over the wheel, was later taken away. SWAT personnel looked through the van’s contents before walking away.



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