Suspect in California mass shooting is dead, authorities say

10 killed in California mass shooting amid Lunar New Year celebrations; suspect is dead



well, good evening to everybody and thank you all for being here and hanging in with us today. It’s been *** very challenging day. Uh, so let me give you what I believe will be the last update of the day and then after the speakers, I’ll come back up here to answer any questions that you may have earlier today. The sheriff’s homicide investigators working alongside all of our long enforcement partners were able to confirm the identity of the male inside the white cargo man as the suspect in the mass shooting that we had in Monterey Park. Based on the previous information relayed by homicide investigators regarding the white van involved and seen leaving the scene of the incident in the city of Alhambra, the Torrance Police Department was notified and at 10:20 a.m. The Torrance police there were, I’m sorry Torrance Police officers located the white man matching the description near the area of Sepulveda boulevard and hawthorne boulevard. As Torrance officers pulled behind the vehicle. The white man entered *** shopping center parking lot When officers exited their patrol vehicle to contact the occupant, they heard one gunshot coming from within the van. Officers retreated and requested several tactical teams to respond to armored vehicles, responded and were able to restrict the vans movement. At 12 52 PM, our sheriff’s swat team approached and cleared the band and determined the suspect sustained *** self inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators conducted *** search of the vehicle and determined the male inside the van was the mass shooting suspect. During the search, several pieces of evidence were found inside the van linking the suspect to both locations in our and Monterey Park in Alhambra. In addition, *** handgun was discovered inside the van. The suspect has been identified as who, as who can tran. And the way that spelled is H. U. U. Middle name C *** N. Last name T. R *** N. He is *** 72 year old male asian. I can confirm that there are no outstanding suspects from the mass shooting incident that occurred in the city of Monterey Park. And although uh, that closes *** portion of *** very long day for all of us, the investigation is still ongoing. Sheriff’s homicide detectives are working around the clock, gathering additional information and working on determining the motive behind this extremely tragic event. I would like to thank Chief Wise and the Monterey Park Police, I’m sorry Monterey Park Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the alcohol, tobacco and firearms California. Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the United States Department of Justice, the Torrance Police Department, the District Attorney’s office supervisor, Hilda Solis, who has been here with us uh, for the previous um Pressers and the surrounding South Bay law enforcement agencies. Initially, we’re giving thanks to the Monterey Park Fire Department for their life saving measures. Uh, I was informed before coming out here, we still have seven people, seven victims who are hospitalized. Uh, and I’m sure that the work of our firefighters and police officers contributed uh, to saving at least those lives. Um, as I stand up here, I I’m very proud really of all of us, the community, all of you in the media. Um, I could say we did this together. We really did. And when there’s tragedy, tragedy, we have to lean on each other and that’s what we did. Um, but before I walk off and turn it over to the next speaker. Um, uh, when I got here and I saw and I told you this morning, the look in the eyes of the homicide investigators and all of their staff, you could just tell they were going to get this guy. Uh, and although I couldn’t talk in detail about that earlier today, I’m very proud of Captain Andy Meyer and the whole entire homicide bureau who not only got us to this point, but there’s *** lot of work and investigation uh, to be done. Um, and just real quick before I turn it over to the, the next um, speaker. Uh, you’ve been asking me about motive. We still are not clear on the motive. Uh, the investigation continues and that is something we are all extremely, we want to know, We want to know how something like this, Something this awful can happen. Also in regards to the weapons. Uh, there was *** handgun as I described that was discovered in the van with the suspect. Uh, the weapon that was recovered from the Alhambra location in which remember the suspect went to the Alhambra location, uh, after he conducted the shooting and he was disarmed by two community members who I consider to be heroes because they saved lives. This could have been much worse. Uh, the weapon that we recovered at that second scene I’m describing as *** magazine fed semi automatic assault pistol, not an assault rifle, but an assault pistol that had an extended large capacity magazine attached to it. Um, and uh, that’s the pistol that was recovered at the location in Alhambra. So with that I’ll come back up for questions after the rest of our partners behind me speak. So I’ll turn that now over to the next speaker. Thank you. I’m congress member judy chu and I represent Monterey Park. I want to give my enormous thanks and gratitude to law enforcement for finding this shooter. All this afternoon. The community was in fear thinking that they should not go to any events because there was an active shooter. But law enforcement came out and they were able to find the shooter with not even 24 hours passing. So I really have to thank L. *** County sheriffs and thank you so much. Sheriff luna Sheriff luna please *** big round of applause, I want to thank our Monterey Park Police Department and Police chief scott ways for keeping us safe in this community. I want to thank the Torrance police department for identifying the suspect and ultimately making sure that he was caught. And I want to thank all who have come together today from the national level to the local level. Our local city council, which has been amazing. But also I got calls today from the White House, from the Secretary of homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and from our mayor, Karen Bass all expressed concerns and offered their resources to us to make sure that we could uh, end this terrible situation. I still have questions in my mind, which is what was the motive for the shooter? Did he have *** mental illness? Was he *** domestic violence abuser? How did he get these guns? And was it through legal means or not? Well, those questions will have to be answered in the future. But what I want to do here is to say to the community, feel safe, you are no longer in danger because this shooter is gone. And so I told you this morning, I’ve lived in this city for 37 years and I was mayor and city council member at one time and I said that this community is resilient and what I saw today and what I see at this moment is indeed we are resilient and we are stronger together. Hello, I’m State senator Susan rubio. I represent the city of Monterey Park and I want to start by offering condolences to all the families that are today destroyed and trying to find *** way to keep moving forward with such *** loss. I want to also commend those two individuals that tackled the gun away from the second incident because we would be standing here with *** lot more tragedy. So want to thank those two individuals and we hope to honor them at some point in the near future. But I also want to commend our public safety from our local police to our sheriff luna and everyone that did what needed to be done to ensure that we bring safety back into our community. So as you heard congresswoman express, we want to make sure that our community knows it’s still *** safe community. So thank you to all those that were working really diligently to ensure that we capture the individual responsible for the senseless acts of violence. And we need to continue to condemn any type of violence. It has no place in our communities. I want to also praise first responders for their quick action and those at our local hospital, taking care of the victims. So please I ask all of you also to take *** moment to think of the teachers. I was *** teacher for 17 years and I was in the classroom many times where I had to be the one offering condolences and comfort to those Children that were coming into my classrooms and it was my job to answer questions when they were confused and they needed answers. So to all those that have Children in the schools say thank you to your teachers because we’re gonna have to deal with this tragedy, it’s not over even though we know that it’s *** safe community. We cannot change the heart and mind of those kids that right now are feeling uneasy, scared, unsure, so please support our local teachers. They have *** tough job ahead of them and to our local city council or Mayor Henry Lowe and the rest of the council, they’ve been tremendously proactive in trying to ensure that our community feel safe, that this city has with its needs in terms of resources for the trauma of all the families that are now left behind dealing with such devastation and so to all the community that was here earlier praying for all the victims and for the leaders, thank you to the coalition of clergy who came earlier today. We wanna say thank you for your comfort for your prayers and let’s continue to pray, we’re here to support And one last thing I want to share that early on. Um the Mayor, I’m sorry the governor Newsom called every single member of the legislature called and each one of them offered their support and so I want to thank all my colleagues, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor Eleni and everyone who called and offered prayers and support and we will put all the resources necessary to make sure that our community knows that they’re gonna be taken care of. Thank you. Good evening. I am Assembly member mike saying the 49th Assembly district, thank you so much. The sheriff luna Chief wise and the all the local law enforcement and state and federal partners. Further leadership and efforts and finding the shooter during the time of celebration during the annual lunar new year. When families gathered today together, you know that our community has faced *** tragic incident. So she talking sad and horrible for those seeking assistance and trauma relief. Please visit the Langley center here in the city of Monterey Park. Thank you to Mayor Low in the Monterey Park City Council for their leadership and efforts and thank you to the Governor and the office of Emergency services for their leadership and efforts in coordinating emergency response and for enhancing security here in Monterey Park and the valley communities. This has been *** very challenging time. As you heard from our congresswoman, our Senator Monterey Park is strong. Manor Park is resilient and together we’ll get through these challenging times together at this time. I’d like to introduce Monterey Park mirror and reload. Thank you. Thank you very much. Assembly member. You know, I want to thank Sheriff luna and your department for helping us seek justice today. This tragedy that has occurred. I want to thank our own Police department, many of whom their officers have been on duty for over 24 hours. Thank you Chief speak for all the personnel at the police department for your dedication and making sure that justice was brought forward. I want to thank our fire chief Matt Halik and the personnel of the Fire department who rushed to provide aid to those who have fallen working alongside our local state and federal partners to investigate this horrific event. We we are able to to say that that justice has been done thanks to everyone working together. But we also know that this is just the beginning and then *** unimaginable, unimaginable tragedy has occurred here in Monterey Park during *** weekend in which we’re celebrating the lunar new year and *** time when people come together for to spend time with families, with friends. And now the purpose of those who gathered at the dance hall last night but tragically someone decided to you know, to express violence and violence has no place in our society. And so at this moment the community, you know, moving forward, you know, our priority is to make sure that those victims, they’re uh family members are given the assistance they need to heal and to get over the trauma And the community is also the moment in which we will need to move forward in the long process of healing of the community so that we can we can together overcome this tragedy. But I have faith that we will be able to because as you’ve heard from the comments and again, I thank everyone from chief luna to our congressman judy to our state senator. Susan rubio, our assembly member mike Fong supervisor release everyone from the federal government, the state government county, our friends in neighboring cities the region for coming together to offer condolences to offer their support. And we will, we will get over this to my friends, to our, to our residents of Monterey Park. Ours is *** community that has looked in the face of the covid pandemic. During the last years of the pandemic, we had some of the highest rates of vaccination and some of the lowest rates of infection. And it’s because we came together to help each other to overcome this crisis, we had our veterans post create *** food bank. We have people who offered assistance to those who are in need and that really is the market park spirit, the people who make up this great city, *** city that is diverse that has welcomed waves of of of people, families from around the world run this country to call this place home. And it’s why many people love love to live here in Monterey Park and I have confidence I have confidence that we will, we will get over this crisis because we must and we will, we will only do so if we do it together as *** community because remember we’re all in this together. And again, I I just have to reiterate just the admiration we have for our own police department and Fire Department who you know, reacted quickly to this crisis and mainly activated. Um you know, it’s procedures to also tap into the resources, the partnership that were needed to essentially be able to bring us to this moment. And my friends, we do have *** long road ahead of us. But I hope I hope that all of you who are here gathered today, those in the press, those in community, those who have been offering the support of individuals and organizations about how we can help monitor park. We don’t the road is just the journey is just beginning and we hope that we will continue to be on this road together to heal and to ultimately triumph over evil and adversity. Thank you very much. And now scott. We’ve thank you Mr. Mayor. Thank you everybody. Tonight’s the lunar new year and we would be celebrating that tonight. But obviously we can’t. The officers that were here last night are just coming back on duty right now. They’re upstairs and briefing when I get done talking to you here, I’ll go back upstairs and make sure that my officers are mindful of what took place and that they’re in *** good *** good place tonight because their wellness means *** lot to me and the only way that they’re going to protect this community is if they’re mentally prepared to do so. So that’s where I’ll be going after this. I want to thank Sheriff luna and the partnerships with the sheriff’s department and all of our federal, state and local partners. We couldn’t have done this without their help. I want to thank, uh, the Torrance police Department for being so vigilant to spot this vehicle. Thank you very much. We have *** long way to go to heal this community. The police department here in Monterey Park will be present every moment of the day. From this point on to make sure this community remains safe. That’s our commitment to, uh, to everybody here and we will continue to do that into the future. I’d like to open it up for any questions when we got to the van. It did have different plates. So I’m assuming they were stolen. They weren’t the plates that belong on the van. It was something similar to that. And uh, that’s again part of our partnerships with all of our agencies and, uh, some of the process, we use to catch *** very dangerous person and get them off the streets. We’re still looking into that. That’s part of what the homicide detectives are investigating. Uh, please keep in mind that, uh, especially with the deceased victims, the coroner’s office retrieved the remains not that long ago. So they’re still in the process of identifying. There’s *** lot of work that still needs to be done to answer *** lot of questions that all of us have congressman, the vice president say that this type of violence needs to stop as *** community leader, what do you say about that and how this country, gun violence. Okay, gun violence needs to stop. There’s too much of it. We’re all standing here tonight because an individual, uh, took *** weapon and did the damage that we’ve talked about without repeating it. I think all of us, uh, need to take some ownership there. I think we really need to go back and look at what we do. California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but yet, look what we just had today. So let’s look at across our nation, see what works and what doesn’t, But I can tell you this, the status quo is not working. So, we need to re examine, uh, what we’re doing and what may work better. And I hope that this tragedy doesn’t just go on *** long list of many others that we don’t even talk about until the next one comes up on, we’re still in the process of identifying all the victims. We will have that information as the days. Go on. I, okay, I heard something on my right ear that sounded like the ages of the victims. Um, the, the ages of the victims that we dealt with here, uh, in Monterey Park. Um, I don’t have the specific ages because they have not been identified, uh, but they’re they’re not in their twenties or thirties, they seem to be, uh, probably I would say in their fifties, sixties and maybe some even beyond their so and again, um, give me *** second. Um, Anyways, yes, ma’am. We’re still in the process of doing that. Restraining orders. That’s something we’re still looking at. We’re looking at all criminal history, mental health history and those are all things. The detectives will take *** very hard long look at and see if it impacted what occurred here. The motive. And that’s part of the learning lessons and sharing them with our partners and seeing if there’s any, any, any gaps that were there that we may have missed. Uh, to my knowledge, there was no officer or deputy involved shooting at the scene, the handgun, like any ammunition and you know what? This city? Uh, yes to all the above, but it’s none of those I can get into at this point. I’ve got, uh, we have detectives all over the region continuously working very hard, uh, to answer *** lot of the very good questions you’re asking regarding motive and all these other things. And uh, the timing isn’t right for me to put that out. We will, uh, but give us several more hours. We’re taking this one step at *** time. Be reassured that we’re still safe to walk around that night. I didn’t hear the first part of that. But the, they suspect responsible for this tragedy is no longer with us, that was the person that uh, is deceased now. And you’re asking me if we feel we’re safe, he’s the one responsible for this. He is no longer *** threat. Give me *** second. Getting multiple questions. At the same time, I hear something about guns. There’s one gun was seized and one found in the band was there are multiple gun was suspect was carrying. We don’t know yet was tipped off by information that led you to contact Florence police specifically that he would be in their area. What was there *** nexus between what happened here? What you knew about? You thought your suspect in Florence, Does he have *** connection to Torrance sir? This morning when I talked about the information we had, uh, we put out as much information as we possibly can. Well, there was *** lot of very good investigative and detective work going on. Um, something we don’t talk about much in southern California is our extraordinary ability to communicate and coordinate with each other. Uh, not only the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. You see the partnership here between ourselves, the Monterey Park Police Department. Uh, my partner at the Torrance Police Department, we put this information out. Uh, we’re very good with our networks. Uh, and this is, and it showed how it worked. You communicate this officers are out on the lookout. Uh, they wanna, I don’t care if you work in Torrance Long Beach, Monterey Park, you name the city, something like this happens. There’s everybody who wears *** badge once that person in custody and I think that’s what you see happening uh today uh it’s uh teamwork uh that’s going on out there. There’s gonna be more information that we’ll be putting out about the specifics. But right now I’m here to report that the suspect responsible for this tragedy is no longer *** threat. We’re still interviewing witnesses. We’re interviewing witnesses at the Monterey park location. We’re interviewing witnesses at the Alhambra location. And all of it will come together when I’m gonna use. It sounds weird for me to say some of this makes sense, putting it all together and trying to figure it all out. We’re still in the process of doing all that. It’s gonna take some days. Give me *** second. Let me give somebody else *** chance over here. Semiautomatic pistol. You clarify what type of pistol that is generally speaking and are the weapons you found legally obtainable in California. Under current law, I believe the weapon that was recovered at the Alhambra location is not legal to have here in the state of California. Uh We’ll do more research on it. Our partners at the ***. T. F. And by the way I was mentioning different police departments. Uh We can’t be as successful as we are without the FBI has been with us all day. Uh the ***. T. F. Joined in. Uh the U. S. Marshals has been helping us. I get *** personal call from the attorney general. You’re saying, what can we do to help you? I’ve been in communication with the governor, um who you may see out here in the very near future. Uh Everybody just what can we do to help? So everybody was pitching in. I can tell you that the suspect walked in there uh probably with the intent to kill more people uh and two brave community members decided they were going to jump into action and disarm him. They did so uh took possession of the weapon and the suspect ran away. Okay, You’re asking that second part of the question over here, We heard that they might have been tipped off that the shooting happened, that somebody might have not heard that, but that’s possible. They went into the first venue in Monterey Park. They tell you what they found. Our deputies, actually the brave police officers from the Monterey Park Police Department are the first responders to the initial scene. Um I don’t know if the if the chief has more information on that that he can um ask about or answer. I should see. Yes. The first officers on scene were one of some of my youngest officers had only been on the street for *** very short period of time when they came into the parking lot. It was chaos. There were wounded people, there were people trying to flee out all the doors. Uh They immediately went into action. And within just *** couple of minutes, those officers had entered the location, looking for the suspect. That’s our protocols here. We don’t wait inside. They came across *** scene that none of them had been prepared for. So there were injured people inside, there were dead people inside. And my young officers did their job, searched for *** suspect and then came back and had to deal with the carnage that was inside and it was it was extensive. Um that’s one of the reasons I need to make sure that they’re okay. Uh between the time of call and the first officer on scene was less than three minutes. Um The youngest ones have only been out on their own in training for the last several months. Yeah. Okay, hold on, I got *** gentleman up here asking questions. Someone’s talking over him. Can you repeat that please? There were. We will, but not tonight. We’ll get there, we’ll get there all the excellent questions and we will get there. So not tonight because we’re still in the process of following up serving search warrants. We want to get to the motive. We want to know what the heck happened here. The only way we’re gonna get there is through *** lot of very hard detective work and we plan on doing just that. So thank you very much. Thank you for all of your support today. Uh couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you very much

The hunt for a gunman who killed 10 people at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance club ended Sunday when authorities found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the van he used to flee after people thwarted his attempt at a second shooting.Video above: Authorities give Sunday evening update on California shootingLos Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified the man as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran and said no other suspects were at large. Speaking at an evening news conference, he added that the motive remained unclear for the attack, which wounded 10 more.Luna did not have the exact ages of the victims but said they all appeared to be over 50. Seven of the wounded people remained in the hospital, he said.The sheriff added that the suspect was carrying what he described as a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine, and a second handgun was discovered in the van where Tran was found dead.What we know• The suspect has been identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. He died by suicide.• The shooting happened at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, near Los Angeles.• Five women and five men died, and another 10 people were wounded. Victims have not yet been identified, but appeared to all be over the age of 50, authorities said.• Shortly after the Monterey Park shooting, a man with a gun entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in nearby Alhambra. The suspect entered the Alhambra club with a gun, and people wrested the weapon away from him before he fled, Luna said.• The suspect’s van was found in Torrance, another community home to many Asian Americans, about 22 miles from Alhambra.Also speaking at the news conference, Congresswoman Judy Chu said she still has questions about the attack: “What was the motive for this shooter? Did he have a mental illness? Was he a domestic violence abuser? How did he gets these guns and was it through legal means or not?”Earlier Sunday, law enforcement officials swarmed and entered the van after surrounding it for hours before going in. A person’s body appeared to be slumped over the wheel and was later removed from the vehicle.Luna previously released photos of an Asian man who was believed to be the suspect.The manhunt came after the gunman opened fire at the ballroom dance studio late Saturday amid Lunar New Years celebrations in the predominantly Asian American community of Monterey Park. He likely tried and failed to target a second dance hall, authorities said.The van was found in Torrance, another community home to many Asian Americans, about 22 miles from that second location.The shooting sent a wave of fear through Asian American communities in the Los Angeles area and cast a shadow over Lunar New Year festivities around the country. Other cities sent extra officers to watch over the celebrations.”The community was in fear thinking that they should not go to any events because there was an active shooter,” Chu said, adding that she hopes residents now feel safe: “You are no longer in danger.”Video below: Mass shooting suspect kills 10 near Lunar New Year festival in Southern CaliforniaLuna said the shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park left five women and five men dead and wounded another 10 people. Then 20 to 30 minutes later, a man with a gun entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in nearby Alhambra.The suspect entered the Alhambra club with a gun, and people wrested the weapon away from him before he fled, Luna said.Hours earlier, Luna said authorities were looking for a white van after witnesses reported seeing the suspect flee from Alhambra in such a vehicle.Members of a SWAT team entered the van a short time later and looked through its contents before walking away.The massacre was the nation’s fifth mass killing this month. It was also the deadliest attack since May 24, when 21 people were killed in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people on the eastern edge of Los Angeles and is composed mostly of Asian immigrants from China or first-generation Asian Americans. The shooting happened in the heart of its downtown where red lanterns decorated the streets for the Lunar New Year festivities. A police car was parked near a large banner that proclaimed “Happy Year of the Rabbit!”The celebration in Monterey Park is one of California’s largest. Two days of festivities, which have been attended by as many as 100,000 people in past years, were planned. But officials canceled Sunday’s events following the shooting.Tony Lai, 35, of Monterey Park was stunned when he came out for his early morning walk to learn that the noises he heard in the night were gunshots.”I thought maybe it was fireworks. I thought maybe it had something to do with Lunar New Year,” he said. “And we don’t even get a lot of fireworks here. It’s weird to see this. It’s really safe here. We’re right in the middle of the city, but it’s really safe.”Wynn Liaw, 57, who lives about two blocks from the Monterey Park studio, said she was shocked that such a crime would happen, especially during New Year’s celebrations.”Chinese people, they consider Chinese New Year very, very special” — a time when “you don’t do anything that will bring bad luck the entire year,” she said.She took a picture of the activity outside the studio to send to relatives and friends in China “to let them know how crazy the U.S. is becoming with all these mass shootings, even in the New Year.”Video below: Officials hold news conference Sunday morning on mass shootingAn Associated Press/USA Today database on mass killings in the U.S. shows that 2022 was one of the nation’s worst years with 42 such attacks — the second-highest number since the creation of the tracker in 2006. The database defines a mass killing as four people killed, not including the perpetrator.The latest violence comes two months after five people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland were briefed on the situation, aides said. Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden were thinking of those killed and wounded, and he directed federal authorities to support the investigation.The shooting occurred at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a few blocks from city hall on Monterey Park’s main thoroughfare of Garvey Avenue, which is dotted with strip malls of small businesses whose signs are in both English and Chinese. Cantonese and Mandarin are both widely spoken, Chinese holidays are celebrated and Chinese films are screened regularly in the city.The business offered dance lessons from tango to rumba to the fox trot, and rented its space for events. On Saturday, its website said, it was hosting an event called “Star Night” from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.___Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.

The hunt for a gunman who killed 10 people at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance club ended Sunday when authorities found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the van he used to flee after people thwarted his attempt at a second shooting.

Video above: Authorities give Sunday evening update on California shooting

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified the man as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran and said no other suspects were at large. Speaking at an evening news conference, he added that the motive remained unclear for the attack, which wounded 10 more.

Luna did not have the exact ages of the victims but said they all appeared to be over 50. Seven of the wounded people remained in the hospital, he said.

The sheriff added that the suspect was carrying what he described as a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine, and a second handgun was discovered in the van where Tran was found dead.


What we know

• The suspect has been identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. He died by suicide.

The shooting happened at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, near Los Angeles.

Five women and five men died, and another 10 people were wounded. Victims have not yet been identified, but appeared to all be over the age of 50, authorities said.

Shortly after the Monterey Park shooting, a man with a gun entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in nearby Alhambra. The suspect entered the Alhambra club with a gun, and people wrested the weapon away from him before he fled, Luna said.

The suspect’s van was found in Torrance, another community home to many Asian Americans, about 22 miles from Alhambra.


Also speaking at the news conference, Congresswoman Judy Chu said she still has questions about the attack: “What was the motive for this shooter? Did he have a mental illness? Was he a domestic violence abuser? How did he gets these guns and was it through legal means or not?”

Earlier Sunday, law enforcement officials swarmed and entered the van after surrounding it for hours before going in. A person’s body appeared to be slumped over the wheel and was later removed from the vehicle.

This combination image created using photos provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows a male suspect allegedly involved in a shooting on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, Calif. A second incident occurred about 20 minutes later in Alhambra, Calif. Investigators have identified him as a homicide suspect and he should be considered armed and dangerous. A gunman killed 10 people at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park and then may have tried, but failed, to target a second dance hall, authorities said Sunday, Jan. 22. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP

Luna previously released photos of an Asian man who was believed to be the suspect.

The manhunt came after the gunman opened fire at the ballroom dance studio late Saturday amid Lunar New Years celebrations in the predominantly Asian American community of Monterey Park. He likely tried and failed to target a second dance hall, authorities said.

The van was found in Torrance, another community home to many Asian Americans, about 22 miles from that second location.

The shooting sent a wave of fear through Asian American communities in the Los Angeles area and cast a shadow over Lunar New Year festivities around the country. Other cities sent extra officers to watch over the celebrations.

“The community was in fear thinking that they should not go to any events because there was an active shooter,” Chu said, adding that she hopes residents now feel safe: “You are no longer in danger.”

Video below: Mass shooting suspect kills 10 near Lunar New Year festival in Southern California

Luna said the shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park left five women and five men dead and wounded another 10 people. Then 20 to 30 minutes later, a man with a gun entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in nearby Alhambra.

The suspect entered the Alhambra club with a gun, and people wrested the weapon away from him before he fled, Luna said.

Hours earlier, Luna said authorities were looking for a white van after witnesses reported seeing the suspect flee from Alhambra in such a vehicle.

Members of a SWAT team entered the van a short time later and looked through its contents before walking away.

The massacre was the nation’s fifth mass killing this month. It was also the deadliest attack since May 24, when 21 people were killed in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Two police vehicles are seen near a building where a shooting occurred in Monterey Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Nine people were killed in a mass shooting late Saturday in a city east of Los Angeles following a Lunar New Year celebration that attracted thousands, police said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people on the eastern edge of Los Angeles and is composed mostly of Asian immigrants from China or first-generation Asian Americans. The shooting happened in the heart of its downtown where red lanterns decorated the streets for the Lunar New Year festivities. A police car was parked near a large banner that proclaimed “Happy Year of the Rabbit!”

The celebration in Monterey Park is one of California’s largest. Two days of festivities, which have been attended by as many as 100,000 people in past years, were planned. But officials canceled Sunday’s events following the shooting.

Tony Lai, 35, of Monterey Park was stunned when he came out for his early morning walk to learn that the noises he heard in the night were gunshots.

“I thought maybe it was fireworks. I thought maybe it had something to do with Lunar New Year,” he said. “And we don’t even get a lot of fireworks here. It’s weird to see this. It’s really safe here. We’re right in the middle of the city, but it’s really safe.”

Wynn Liaw, 57, who lives about two blocks from the Monterey Park studio, said she was shocked that such a crime would happen, especially during New Year’s celebrations.

“Chinese people, they consider Chinese New Year very, very special” — a time when “you don’t do anything that will bring bad luck the entire year,” she said.

She took a picture of the activity outside the studio to send to relatives and friends in China “to let them know how crazy the U.S. is becoming with all these mass shootings, even in the New Year.”

Video below: Officials hold news conference Sunday morning on mass shooting

An Associated Press/USA Today database on mass killings in the U.S. shows that 2022 was one of the nation’s worst years with 42 such attacks — the second-highest number since the creation of the tracker in 2006. The database defines a mass killing as four people killed, not including the perpetrator.

The latest violence comes two months after five people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.

President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland were briefed on the situation, aides said. Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden were thinking of those killed and wounded, and he directed federal authorities to support the investigation.

The shooting occurred at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a few blocks from city hall on Monterey Park’s main thoroughfare of Garvey Avenue, which is dotted with strip malls of small businesses whose signs are in both English and Chinese. Cantonese and Mandarin are both widely spoken, Chinese holidays are celebrated and Chinese films are screened regularly in the city.

The business offered dance lessons from tango to rumba to the fox trot, and rented its space for events. On Saturday, its website said, it was hosting an event called “Star Night” from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.

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