California shooting leaves 10 dead

Fox News reports that a mass shooting that took place in California on Saturday has left 10 dead and 10 more injured. 

The shooting took place at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, where many had gathered on Saturday night.

Fox News separately reports:

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.

10 dead, 10 injured

Not many details have been provided about the shooting itself. It is unclear how it began.

But, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Andrew Meyer reports, “When officers arrived on scene, they observed numerous individuals, patrons … pouring out of the location, screaming. The officers made entry to the location and located additional victims.”

The ten deceased individuals included five men and five women. They were pronounced dead at the scene, while the 10 others who were injured were taken to the hospital in varying conditions, from stable to critical. All victims are said to be over 50 years of age.

A second, but failed, attempt

By the time the police arrived at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, the suspect had fled.

It is believed that, about 30 minutes after the suspect did so, he attempted to carry out a second shooting at the Lai Lai Ballroom in Alhambra, California.

Reports, however, indicate that the people at this location managed to take the gun away from the suspect, preventing another shooting. The suspect did, though, still manage to get away.

The suspect is identified and located

On Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified 72-year-old Huu Can Tran as the suspect. Police managed to track down the white van that Tran used for transportation to Torrance, California, which is located about 30 minutes from Monterey Park.

Reports indicate that police officers surrounded the van with tactical vehicles and bomb squad trucks before eventually entering the vehicle.

Inside the van, they would find Tran deceased as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In addition to Tran, the police also found a handgun and other pieces of evidence inside the van.

What’s the motive?

The police, at the time of this writing, were still trying to figure out the answer to this question. It is not clear whether Tran committed the killings by randomly shooting the gun or whether he actually targeted specific individuals.

Tran, though, has been linked to the Star Ballroom Dance Studio. His wife told news outlets that Tran used to give informal lessons there. Another long-time acquaintance of Tran also has claimed that Tran used to frequently visit the studio.

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