Monterey Park mass shooting timeline

Monterey Park mass shooting timeline


The shooting at a Monterey Park, California, dance studio on Saturday night sparked a 12-hour manhunt to find the gunman who carried out the attack that left 11 dead and nearly as many wounded.

Authorities were able to track him down by tracing the semi-automatic weapon he was holding, which yielded his name and description.

Here’s what we know about how the shooting and manhunt unfolded.

A man walks in and starts shooting inside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, near a Lunar New Year celebration.

Police respond within three minutes of the first call for help. When they arrive at the dance studio, they see chaos and “extensive carnage,” says Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese.

“There were people injured. There were people trying to flee through all the doors,” Wiese said. “Inside, they were met with a scene that none of them were prepared for.”

A man with a gun entered the Lai Lai dance hall in Alhambra, shortly after a shooting inside a different dance studio.

The gunman appears at Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in nearby Alhambra, just a few miles from the shooting site. Witness Brandon Tsay hears the door close and “the sound of metal,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Tsay says she realized she needed to disarm the man, she told GMA.

“When I got up the courage, I jumped at him with both hands, grabbed the gun, and we had a fight,” Tsay said. “We struggled down the hall, trying to get this weapon off of us.”

However, authorities say two people took a gun from the man, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna.

The weapon is recovered by the authorities. It is identified as a magazine-fed, semi-automatic assault pistol that had a high-capacity extended magazine attached, the sheriff said.

“They saved lives. This could have been so much worse,” she said.

A description of a white van seen leaving the Alhambra dance studio is passed on to area law enforcement agencies. This triggers a manhunt throughout the region.

The alleged gunman is still on the run, Luna says.

The person who fled the scene is preliminarily described as “an Asian male,” he says, adding that there were differing descriptions of witnesses and victims.

Police personnel open the door of a pickup truck driven by the suspect, in Torrance, California.

Torrance police officers find the white van matching the description near Hawthorne and Sepulveda Boulevards in Torrance, according to Luna.

As officers drove up behind the vehicle, it pulled into a shopping center parking lot. As the officers get out of their vehicle, they hear a gunshot.

The officers withdraw and call for reinforcements. Armored vehicles arrive and block the movement of the van.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department releases photos of the suspect in the mass shooting.

Moon tweets photos of the man, saying investigators identified him as a homicide suspect who should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

A SWAT team clears the area and discovers that the suspect shot himself inside the white van, according to Luna. The suspect is pronounced dead at the scene. Multiple pieces of evidence are found in the van linking the suspect to Monterey Park and Alhambra. A pistol was also found in the van.

Police patrol the area near the site of a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California.

Luna says investigators have confirmed that the man found dead in the white van after the confrontation is the same person suspected of carrying out the mass shooting in Monterey Park.

The suspect is identified as Huu Can Tran, 72, according to Luna.

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