Suspect killed by self-inflicted gunshot after killing 10 at Los Angeles-area dance studio, police say

Suspect killed by self-inflicted gunshot after killing 10 at Los Angeles-area dance studio, police say

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A 72-year-old man suspected of killing 10 people at a dance studio near Los Angeles on Saturday night died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a police stop Sunday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said, Robert Luna, after an hour-long chase after the incident. deadliest shooting in the United States so far this year.

key facts

Luna identified the now-deceased suspected shooter as Huu Can Tran, saying police are not looking for any other suspects.

The mass shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. local time Saturday night at the Star Dance Studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, and the sheriff’s office says the same suspect later attempted to commit a second. shooting at another dance club in neighboring Alhambra. , but two community members disarmed it.

On Sunday morning, Luna said police in the city of Torrance, located about 20 miles from Monterey Park, saw a white pickup truck associated with the shooting but heard a single shot after they tried to stop the driver and later determined that the suspect was dead. shot himself.

Ten people were killed in the Monterey Park shooting, and at least 10 others were taken to local hospitals for treatment, including some in critical condition, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Andrew Meyer, the Sunday morning.

Authorities say they found a handgun inside the van, which had stopped in a parking lot before the suspect shot himself, and a second handgun that Luna described as a “magazine-fed semi-automatic assault pistol” was recovered at the scene of the attempted shooting in Alhambra.

what we don’t know

Luna said investigators are still trying to determine the suspect’s motives.

big number

2,575. That’s the total number of people who have died from firearms in the US so far in 2023, including homicides, suicides, unintentional deaths and other causes, according to the Gun Violence Archive. These include 36 mass shootings, which the Gun Violence File defines as incidents in which four or more people were killed or injured, not including the shooter. The Monterey Park shooting is the deadliest incident of 2023 so far, surpassing a shooting in Utah that killed eight people.

Tangent

The incident has shaken members of Monterey Park’s large Asian-American community, many of whom were planning to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on Sunday. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis indicated that this was scheduled to be the city’s first Lunar New Year celebration in three years, after the event had to be postponed in the past two years due to Covid.

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in a declaration Broadcast on Twitter, California Governor Gavin Newsom said: “Monterey Park should have had a night of joyful Lunar New Year celebration. Instead, they were the victims of a horrifying and ruthless act of gun violence. Our hearts weep as we learn more about last night’s devastating acts. We are monitoring the situation closely.”

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Other reading

10 people dead, 10 wounded in mass shooting at Monterey Park dance studio (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles mass shooting suspect kills 10 near Lunar New Year festival (Associated Press)

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