The suspect in a mass shooting at a dance hall during Lunar New Year celebrations fatally shot himself in his van, California authorities have confirmed.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Sunday the man was found dead in the vehicle he used to flee the scene of a second attempted shooting.
The suspected gunman has been identified as 72-year-old Huế Canh Tran.
Sheriff Luna said no other suspects are still at large and the motive for the attack was unclear.
He did not have the exact ages of the victims, but said they all appeared to be over 50. Sheriff Luna said seven of the injured were in the hospital.
US Congressman Judy Chu, a California Democrat, said: “I still have questions in my mind, which are: What was this shooter’s motive? Did he have a mental illness? Was he a domestic violence abuser? How did he get these guns?” received and whether it was through legal means or not?
Earlier on Sunday, police surrounded tactical vehicles and a bomb squad van for hours before leaving.
Sheriff Luna said that earlier in the shooting at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, five women and five men were killed and 10 others were wounded.
Then 20 to 30 minutes later, a man with a gun entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in the nearby Alhambra.
Authorities believe the two incidents are linked. He did not provide any details about a possible motive.
Sheriff Luna said the suspect entered the Alhambra club with a gun and people wrestled the weapon from him before he fled.
It had previously released photos of an Asian man believed to be the suspect, but did not release the person’s name.
The shooting sent ripples of fear through Asian American communities in the Los Angeles area and cast a shadow over Lunar New Year festivities across the country. Other cities sent additional officers to oversee the celebrations.
The massacre was the country’s fifth mass murder this month.
Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people on the east end of Los Angeles and is made up mostly of Asian immigrants from China or first-generation Asian Americans.
The shooting took place in the heart of the city center where red lanterns decorate the streets for the Lunar New Year festivities. A police car was parked beside a large banner that read “Happy Year of the Rabbit!”
The celebration in Monterey Park is one of California’s largest and attracted thousands of people throughout the day.
Two days of festivities were planned, which in previous years have been attended by over 100,000 people. But officials canceled Sunday’s event after the shootings.
When Tony Lai, 35, of Monterey Park went out for his morning walk, he was stunned to learn that the noises he had heard the night before 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. It’s really safe here We’re right in the middle of town, but it’s really safe.
According to The Associated Press/USA Today database on mass murder, the incident not only marked the fifth mass murder in the US since the beginning of the year, but also the deadliest since May 24, when a mass shooting took place in Uvalde, Texas. 21 people were killed at the school. Murders in America.
The database also showed that 2022 was one of the country’s worst years in terms of mass killings, with 42 such attacks – the second highest number since the tracker was created in 2006.
The White House said US President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation by Homeland Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.
Meanwhile, officials in Louisiana said 12 people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Baton Rouge early Sunday.
Police said the condition of one of the victims was critical, while the condition of the rest was stated to be stable. No arrest was made.
Police spokesman Sergeant Gene McNeely Jr said the shooting happened inside the Dior Bar and Lounge at around 1.30am.
Although the motive for the shooting was unknown, McNeely said the police department had leads.