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Sheriff: Dance club shooting suspect killed himself in a van

By 01/23/2023 9:38 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Authorities found the shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the van he fled in after a second shooting was stopped, putting an end to the search for the shooter who killed ten people at a ballroom dancing club during Lunar New Year celebrations.

Huu Can Tran, 72, was the man, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna, who also stated that no other suspects were at large.

At a news conference that night, Luna noted that the attack’s purpose was still unknown. Additionally, ten persons were hurt, and seven are still in the hospital.

Although Luna didn’t know the victims’ specific ages, she did say that they all seemed to be older than 50.

According to the sheriff, the suspect was reportedly carrying a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine, and a second handgun was located in the van where Tran was found dead.

Asian American neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area were shaken by the shooting late Saturday in Monterey Park, a community with a large Asian American population.

The city had planned two days of celebrations, which in previous years have drawn as many as 100,000 visitors.

However, in the wake of the massacre, administrators decided to call off Sunday’s events.

Other cities sent more police to keep an eye on the festivities.

On Sunday, police officers surrounded the van for many hours before storming and getting inside.

The body of a person, who looked to be slumped over the steering wheel, was later taken out of the car.

According to Luna, the shooting occurred at the Monterey Park Star Ballroom Dance Studio.

Officers arrived three minutes after the call was made, according to Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese, who made the statement on Sunday night.

They discovered bloodshed inside the club and 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 adjacent Alhambra about 20 to 30 minutes after the initial assault.

However, according to Luna, someone there took the weapon from him, and he ran away.

He claimed that after witnesses claimed to have seen the culprit fleeing from Alhambra in a white van, investigators started looking for one.

While the area was being searched, Luna made photos of an Asian man—possibly from a surveillance camera—from the second place available.

The van was discovered in Torrance, a neighborhood with a sizable Asian American population, which is located about 22 miles (34.5 kilometers) from the location of the attempted second shooting.



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