UPDATE: Identity of deceased Monterey Park shooter revealed as 72-year-old male

Identity of deceased Monterey Park shooter revealed as 72-year-old male

The identity of the suspect wanted in connection with the Monterey Park mass shooting has been revealed by LAPD.

 

UPDATE 03:35am, Monday, January 23

A 72-year-old Asian male has been identified as the Monterey Park shooting suspect. Huu Can Tran was found dead in his vehicle by members of SWAT teams who had been deployed to apprehend him. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as reported by BNO News Live.

According to Monterey’s Sheriff Luna, Tran later drove to another dance club in Alhambra. He was subsequently confronted and disarmed by two civilians. “I consider them to be heroes because they saved lives. This could have been much worse”, stated Luna.

UPDATE 9:15pm, Sunday, January 22

The person wanted in connection with the mass shooting in Monterey Park has been found dead inside a vehicle. He was located in the city of Torrance, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California, as reported by LAPD HQ on Twitter. The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATE 8:51pm, Sunday, January 22

Monterey Park Police have surrounded a person in the city of Torrance, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California.

At this moment it has not been confirmed whether this police activity involves the suspect wanted in connection with a mass shooting incident earlier this morning in which 10 people died.

A white van was reportedly located and stopped, possibly the suspect’s getaway vehicle after the police had earlier announced they were searching for a white van. Two SWAT teams are said to be involved in an armed standoff with the vehicle’s occupant.

Unconfirmed reports online are suggesting that the suspect has taken his own life.

UPDATE 12:20, Sunday, January 22: City Controller Kenneth Mejia releases statement following deaths at mass shooting during Chinese New Year celebrations in California.

In a tweet, he said his, “heart goes out to those who lost loved ones tonight” in the “mass shooting”.

He added: “Monterey Park is home to one of the largest Asian communities in Los Angeles County, and many were out celebrating the Lunar New Year.”

UPDATE 12:10, Sunday, January 22: Monterey Park police have confirmed that nine people have been killed in the shooting at a Chinese New Year festival in California.

Police have come out to a reported shooting at a Chinese New Year celebration in Monterey park, a city near LA in California on Sunday, January 22.

Locals have taken to social media posting videos appearing to show police in the area and firefighters treating gunshot victims.

The shooting took place at a two-day festival to mark Chinese New year in California, with tens of thousands of people gathering for it.  Gunfire reportedly broke out on Garvey Avenue at 10pm LA time on Saturday, January 21

According to the LA Times, one local, Seung Won Choi, who owns a seafood barbecue restaurant near to where the shooting took place, three people ran into his restaurant and told him to lock the door.

He said they had told him there was a man with a machine gun in the area with multiple rounds of ammunition on him and was reloading as he went.

The restaurant owner claimed the shooting took place at a dance club in the area.

Another local, John, told the LA Times: “My first concern was I know they’re having a Lunar New Year celebration.” He told the publication he saw one person being put on a stretcher and a further person with a bandage on their arm.


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