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The suspect, identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a SWAT scene in Torrance, Luna said. Authorities have also said there are no other prominent suspects as of Sunday night.
The alleged gunman accused of shooting and killing 10 people at a ballroom dance studio amid Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park has died after a hours-long manhunt that spanned all of Los Angeles County, the police announced. Constable Robert Luna on Sunday night.
Shooting in Monterey Park
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna confirms that the suspected gunman, Huu Can Tran, was pronounced dead hours after the mass shooting in Monterey Park.
The shooting occurred shortly before 10:30 p.m. at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in the 100 block of Garvey Avenue, according to Lt. Patricia Thomas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. There, five women and five men were killed, and another 10 people were injured.
Authorities said that 20 to 30 minutes later, Tran entered the Lai Lai dance hall in nearby Alhambra with a gun. People there were able to disarm the suspect and take his gun, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. He recovered a weapon, which Luna described as “a magazine-fed semi-automatic assault pistol.”
Saturday’s shooting was the worst mass shooting in Los Angeles County since a disgruntled ex-husband killed 10 people in Covina in 2008.
A victim assistance site has been established at the Langley Senior Center located at 400 W. Emerson in Monterey Park.
Van scene in Torrance
Tran’s body was found in the driver’s seat of a white pickup truck in Torrance matching the description of a vehicle of interest in connection with the Sunday afternoon shooting.
The van was located in a parking lot on the south side of Sepulveda Boulevard, just west of Hawthorne Boulevard, in a strip mall not far from the Del Amo Fashion Center.
According to Luna, Tran apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Luna said the van had different license plates.
“As the officers got out of their patrol car to contact the occupant, they heard a gunshot coming from inside the van,” Luna said.
Several hours later, a SWAT team approached the van and determined that Tran had shot himself, and he was pronounced dead and determined to be the suspect at the Monterey Park and Alhambra scenes.
“Several pieces of evidence were found inside the van linking the suspect to both Monterey Park and Alhambra locations,” Luna said, including a handgun recovered inside the van.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found multiple victims and other people in the parking lot. Officers went inside and found more victims. Ten people, five men and five women, were pronounced dead at the scene and at least 10 injured were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions range from stable to critical, according to authorities.
Four of the ten victims are currently being treated at the LAC+USC Medical Center, hospital officials confirmed. They did not share details about the current conditions of those four patients due to patient privacy laws, but released a statement that said in part: “We want to assure the families of those at our LAC+USC Medical Center that our teams doctors are doing everything they can to care for their loved ones.
Luna did not confirm the ages of the victims, instead simply saying that she believed they were older.
Although the Monterey Park attack occurred in a majority Asian community, authorities have said it is too early to classify this attack as a hate crime.
Monterey Park has a population of around 61,000, 66% of whom are Asian. Witnesses said that several of the victims on Saturday were elderly people who appeared to be Asian.
Monterey Park is a city of approximately 60,000 in far east Los Angeles and is comprised primarily of first-generation Asian immigrants from China or Asian-Americans.