Los Angeles County Sheriff Provides Update on Mass Shooting in Monterey Park, California

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna updated the public on Wednesday on the investigation into the Monterey Park mass shooting that left 11 dead and 9 injured after Lunar New Year festivities on Jan. 22.

Authorities say the suspect, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, walked into the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park on Saturday night and opened fire.

Huu later walked away from the scene and entered the nearby Lai Lai Ballroom of the Alhambra where he was disarmed by a 26-year-old man before fleeing the scene.

A manhunt lasting several hours led officers to a white van in Torrance late Sunday morning where Tran was discovered dead inside from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At Wednesday night’s press conference, the sheriff listed the three firearms recovered from the suspect. The first firearm was a 9mm Mac-10 with a 30-round magazine, which was not registered in the state of California. The weapon Tran used to kill himself was identified as a Norinco 7.62x25mm pistol, which was registered to him. The third firearm was identified as a Savage Arms .308 caliber bolt-action rifle, also registered to the suspect.

Sheriff Luna also announced that Monterey Park officers recovered a motorcycle in the 200 block of South Garfield Avenue, registered to Tran, which was located one block south of the crime scene in Monterey Park.

Investigators determined that the motorcycle was parked there on Saturday, just before the shooting. Luna said investigators believe the motorcycle was placed there as an alternate getaway vehicle.

“To date, based on the interviews investigators are still conducting, they have not been able to link the suspect to any of the victims thus far,” Luna said.

Tran was single and investigators have so far not romantically linked him to any of the victims.

“We don’t believe the suspect has attended the dance studio in the past five years,” Luna said. “Based on the statements we have, he hasn’t been there for five years.”

The sheriff also said investigators were still working to determine how long Tran had been planning the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LASD Homicide Detectives at 323-890-5500.

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