California police identify gunman in attack that killed 10 people, injured 10 others in mass shooting

California authorities have identified a suspect in a mass shooting that killed 10 people and wounded 10 more at a ballroom Saturday during a Lunar New Year celebration.

Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna identified the suspect as 72-year-old Huy Can Tran.

This composite image, created using photos provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, shows a male suspect involved in a shooting Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, California.

This composite image, created using photos provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, shows a male suspect involved in a shooting Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, California.
(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

The identification came hours after a suspect shot and killed himself in a white van in Torrance, about 30 minutes from the scene of a shooting in Monterey Park. Officials said it was the same van used by the suspects to flee the shooting on Saturday night.

Law enforcement officers surrounded the van with tactical vehicles and bomb squad trucks before entering the vehicle. Several pieces of evidence, including a handgun, were found inside the van linking the suspect to the shooting scene, Luna said.

No other suspects are at large and there is “no longer a threat” to the community, Luna said. Officials have not released a motive, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Seven people remain hospitalized, Luna said. He did not have the exact ages of the victims but said they all appeared to be over 50 years old.

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“There are still questions in my mind, like: What was the shooter’s motive? Did he have a mental illness? Was he a domestic violence abuser? How did he get these guns and was it through legal means or not?” said Congresswoman Judy Chu, who spoke with Luna at a press conference Sunday evening outside Monterey Park City Hall.

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Five women and five men were killed and 10 others wounded in the shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Luna said. Then 20 to 30 minutes later, a gunman entered the Lai Loi Ballroom in nearby Alhambra.

Luna said the suspect entered the Alhambra Club with a gun and people wrestled the weapon from him before he fled.

Law enforcement personnel gather outside a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park, California, on Sunday, January 22, 2023.  A mass shooting at a dance club followed a Lunar New Year celebration, prompting a manhunt for the suspect.

Law enforcement personnel gather outside a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park, California, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. A mass shooting at a dance club followed a Lunar New Year celebration, prompting a manhunt for the suspect.
(AP Photo/Jay C. Hong)

Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people on the eastern edge of Los Angeles, and it is made up of Asian immigrants from China or first-generation Asian Americans. The shooting occurred in the heart of its downtown area, where red lanterns decorated the streets for Lunar New Year festivities. “Happy Year of the Rabbit!” A police car was parked near a big banner announcing that.

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The celebration in Monterey Park is California’s largest. Two days of festivities attended by about 100,000 people were planned in past years, but authorities canceled Sunday’s events after the shooting.

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The shooting happened at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a few blocks from City Hall on Monterey Park’s main street of Garvey Avenue, a strip mall lined with small businesses with signs in both English and Chinese. Both Cantonese and Mandarin are widely spoken, Chinese holidays are celebrated and Chinese films are regularly screened in the city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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