Monterey Park, California shooting: 11 victims range in age from 57 to 76, coroner says.
All 11 victims mass shooting at a dance studio People aged 57 to 76 died in Monterey Park, California on Lunar New Year, the LA County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement.
The coroner’s office publicly identified the dead as five men and six women on Tuesday. The female victims were Xuzhuang Yu, 57; Hong Jian, 62; Lillian Lee, 63; My Nhan, 65; Muoi Ung, 67; and Diana Tom, 70. The male victims were Wen Yu, 64; Valentino Alvero, 68; Min Ma, 72; Yu Cao, 72; and Chia Yau, 76.
As investigators work to determine the cause, the community has a long road ahead of it, the mayor said.
“People are just in disbelief and shock and feeling overwhelmed,” Mayor Henry Law told CNN Monday night.
Saturday night’s shooting came as much of the city’s Asian community was celebrating the Lunar New Year, turning one of the most auspicious days of the calendar into tragedy.
“There is a lot of fear and anxiety here. People are horrified by a situation like this that turned our joyous Lunar New Year celebration into tragedy and horror,” Monterey Park spokeswoman Judy Chu said Monday at a candlelight vigil for the victims.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was pulled over for a briefing Monday as he met with victims of the shooting. Another deadly mass shooting in Half Moon Bay – the second mass shooting in the state in three days. “Tragedy on top of tragedy,” Newsom tweeted.
Authorities released their new details on Monday Home search of Monterey Park shooting victims the suspect, Huu Canh Tran, 72, of Hemet, about 80 miles east of Monterey Park.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said detectives obtained a search warrant and found “hundreds of rounds of ammunition,” a .308-caliber rifle, various electronic devices and evidence that officials believe he was “making homemade firearm suppressors.”
Still, it remains a mystery as investigators sift through the large cache of ammunition found What prompted the Saturday night attack? at Star Ballroom Dance Studio and later at Lai Lai Ballroom.
“Did he plan this?” Was it that day? Was it a week ago?’ Luna said at a press conference on Monday. “We don’t know. But we intend to find out.”
Three people who knew Tran, including his ex-wife, told CNN that she was once a familiar figure who gave informal dance lessons at Star Ballroom Dance Studio. But it’s unclear how often he visited in recent years, and authorities are still investigating whether the victims were known to Tran.
“It was definitely targeted,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon told CNN. “He obviously knew where he was going and he was familiar with both places.”
Mayor Lo said Tuesday that he hopes the dance hall will once again become a safe place for the community.
“It was a place where people could hang out, learn to dance,” she said. “We want to make sure that this dance hall continues to thrive and that people feel safe enough to hang out.”
The shooting at Star Ballroom Dance Studio happened on Saturday around 10:22 p.m. Sheriff Luna said the gunman fired 42 rounds from a semi-automatic rifle at the dance hall before leaving the scene.
At least one person was shot in a car outside the dance studio, and police believe Tran shot that person first before entering the dance studio and opening fire on civilians, the sheriff said.
Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese said Monterey Park officers arrived at the scene of the “carnage” at the studio within three to four minutes as people were injured and others were leaving the venue.
About 20 minutes after the shooting, the suspect — still armed — showed up at a second dance studio in nearby Alhambra. There, a 26-year-old man told him and held the gun away from himsaved countless other lives, he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday.
“I had a rush of thoughts and adrenaline. I came to the conclusion that something had to be done, that the gun had to be held. I had to save myself and the people inside,” Tsai said.
The suspect fled, and Tsai called police to the scene, where investigators found the firearm in Tran’s possession, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. Luna said the weapon was described as a 9mm semi-automatic MAC-10 pistol with a large high-capacity magazine, which appeared to be a modified assault weapon.
Available in California banned the use of large magazines Hold more than 10 ammo.
Less than a day later, Tran was found dead inside a white van About 30 miles away in Torrance, a SWAT team pulled over the car. The sheriff said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators also found a Norinco 7.62 x 25 handgun registered to the suspect inside the van, Luna said.
All items found at the alleged shooter’s home are subject to ballistics and forensic comparisons as authorities investigate Tran’s history as well.
So far, the sheriff said the suspect has a “limited criminal history,” noting that he was arrested in 1990 for illegal possession of a firearm.
MP Judy Chu said the gunman who killed 11 people on Saturday night took them “from their families on a joyous, Lunar New Year night”.
Two Taiwanese-Americans were among the victims, according to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Taiwan’s de facto diplomatic representative in Los Angeles.
According to the country’s consulate in Los Angeles, at least one of the dead was a Chinese citizen, and one of the injured was Alvero, a Filipino US citizen.
Alvero the son told CNN to his father He hopes to retire in about a year to return to the Philippines, and he said his father spends his free time at a dance studio.
“He would dance around the house,” Val Anthony Alvero said of his father. “He loved that kind of stuff.”
Nhan, known as “Mimi,” loved to dance and had been at the dance studio where she was killed for years, according to her family’s statement.
Maksym Kapitanchuk, Nhan’s dance instructor, told CNN he was happy to have her around.
“He’s always smiling,” Kapitanchuk said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him smile – I can even see his smiling eyes through the mask. He was the joy of any class, any party, any class.
At Monday’s event, leaders described the devastation and loss in the Monterey Park community.
“It hit too close to home,” said Chun-Yen Chen, executive director of the Asia Pacific Community Foundation.
On Saturday, community members celebrated the Lunar New Year in the ballroom with dancing grandmas and grandpas. “We don’t have some of them now,” he said.
Many leaders praised the community for coming together after the tragedy.
“We will not let this murderer defeat us,” said former Assemblyman Mike Eng. “We move forward with more passion and love because the only thing that can overcome hate is love.”
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