The suspected Monterey Park shooter killed himself during an altercation with police after killing ten people and injuring at least ten others at a dance studio over the weekend.
Huu Can Tran, 72, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in a van in Torrance on Sunday, ending an hour-long manhunt. Authorities are yet to determine a motive for the shooter, whose killings have left the community loudly shocked ABC 7.
Suspected gunman found dead with self-inflicted gunshot wound the day after mass shooting
Tran had no criminal record, but local law enforcement isn’t ruling out the possibility that domestic violence played a role in Saturday’s mass shooting, the outlet reports.
Police eventually tracked down the suspect’s van and surrounded it for several hours before entering, only to find a body slumped over the steering wheel as they got in.
At an evening news conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna confirmed that the body found was that of Tran, the suspected gunman.
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Officials added that about 17 minutes after the fatal mass shooting at the Star Ballroom dance studio on West Garvey Avenue, Tran had attempted to shoot down another Alhambra dance hall.
After reportedly walking into the ballroom at the Alhambra with his gun raised, a heroic Good Samaritan managed to wrestle the gun away from Tran, according to Luna.
The motive, the suspect’s lack of a criminal record, leaves investigators at a loss after mass shootings
CCTV footage shows a man in the Lai Lai ballroom confronting the suspect before disarming him, prompting Tran to quickly flee the scene.
But authorities say they know very little information about the man or why he was targeting community dance halls, the outlet reports.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna revealed that all of the people killed appeared to be over 50. Luna speculated what a possible motive might have been and asked if Tran was suffering from a mental illness.
“I still have questions in my head, namely: What was the motive for this shooter? Did he have a mental illness? Was he a perpetrator of domestic violence? How did he get those guns and was it legal or not?” said Congresswoman Judy Chu.
Tran had reportedly found a semi-automatic pistol, along with an extended magazine – which is illegal in California – and another handgun in the van where his body was found.
Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese said that while officers “weren’t prepared for[the mass shooting],” they still didn’t hesitate to go inside.
Saturday marks the fifth mass shooting casualty in the US this month, the deadliest since Uvalde
Meanwhile, no victims have been officially identified as of Monday, however friends identified one of the people killed as dance teacher Ming Wei Ma.
Saturday’s mass shooting was the fifth in the nation this month alone. It is also the deadliest attack since May 24, 2022, when 21 people were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
All families and victims affected by the shooting are urged to contact the Langley Senior Center at 400 W. Emerson Avenue, where a Crisis Response Team is located.
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