SWAT team reaches suspect white van involved in standoff connected to LA mass shooting
Surveillance footage captured the terrifying moment a heroic 26-year-old wrestled a gun away from accused mass shooter Huu Can Tran before he could embark on a second horror shooting rampage in California.
The video shows Brandon Tsay, a 26-year-old coder whose family runs the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra, disarming Tran just minutes after the 72-year-old shot dead 10 victims at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in nearby Monterey Park.
After being tackled by Mr Tsay, Tran fled the scene.
On Sunday, he was tracked down to a parking lot in Torrance where he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white van during a standoff.
A motive for the massacre remains unknown, though acquaintances revealed he had ties to the Star Ballroom Dance Studio.
Meanwhile, the first victims killed have now been identified. Friends said Ming Wei Ma, the owner of the studio was killed as he heroically ran towards the gunman to try to stop the massacre. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office named two women, My Nhan, 65, and Lilan Li, 63, as victims.
All eleven of those who died were over the age of fifty. Another nine were injured.
City of Monterey Park to hold vigil
The City of Monterey Park will hold a vigil on Tuesday 24 January at 5.30pm at city hall.
“We believe that it is important for our community to come together to remember and heal,” stated Mayor Henry Lo.
A memorial honoring the victims and survivors has already been established at the Monterey Park City Hall.
In light of the vigil event, the City Council is cancelling a previously scheduled Mayoral Installation/City Council Reorganisation Ceremony that was originally planned for Tuesday night.
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 23:30
Families of Monterey shooting victims remember loved ones
While the motive for the attack remains unknown, details are now emerging about the suspect and those who lost their lives.
The heartbroken families of the victims have begun to speak out and remember their loved ones. Here’s what we know about the victims so far:
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 22:30
Rep Chu thanks Biden for words of support
Democratic Rep Judy Chu has spoken with President Joe Biden and says she appreciates his support for the Monterey Park community at this time of “immense grief”.
Ms Chu represents California’s 28th District, which includes both Monterey Park and Alhambra.
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 22:00
Senator says more needs to be done on gun laws as motive remains unclear
At a Monday afternoon news conference, California Democrat Senator Alex Padilla called for stricter gun laws after Saturday’s mass shooting in Monterey Park.
He criticised the patchwork of firearms rules across the country and said the tragedy services a “reminder that more needs to be done”.
Mr Padilla was speaking with other elected officials, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis who praised 26-year-old Brandon Tsay for disarming the gunman before more lives could be taken at the second dance hall.
“That young man is a hero,” she said.
Monterey Park’s chief of police Scott Wiese said they are still trying to understand the gunman’s motives adding: “I think we all want to find out why.”
“The why is a big part of this. The problem is, we may never know why.”
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 21:30
Watch: White House shares condolences
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 21:10
Tran made decades-old allegations to local police earlier in January
Suspected gunman Huu Can Tran made a series of allegations to police near his home just two weeks ago.
Tran lived in the city of Hemet in Riverside County, approximately 86 miles from the Monterey Park dance studio where Saturday’s shootings happened. He formerly lived in San Gabriel, very close to the studio which he would visit frequently at the time.
Near the beginning of the month, he visited his local police department and made various allegations.
According to a statement from the Hemet Police Department:
Tran visited the Hemet Police Department lobby on January 7 and 9, 2023, alleging past fraud, theft, and poisoning allegations involving his family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago. Tran stated he would return to the station with documentation regarding his allegations but never returned.
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 21:00
City of Alhambra Lunar New Year celebration to go ahead
The City of Alhambra has announced that it will go ahead with its planned Lunar New Year celebration this coming Sunday, 29 January.
A statement released via Facebook says: “While we don’t have all the information on the motives of Saturday night’s tragedy, Sheriff Luna has confirmed it was not related to the Lunar New Year Festival and the suspect is no longer a threat to the community.
“Alhambra’s Lunar New Year Festival will still take place this Sunday, January 29th. The safety of our community is paramount, as such, additional resources from the Alhambra Police Department will be present.
“We look forward to our celebration and our community coming together.”
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 20:40
Death toll rises to 11
The death toll from this weekend’s mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, has risen to 11 after one of the wounded succumbed to their injuries.
LAC+USC Medical Center said in statement that one of the ten people injured and taken to local hospitals has died.
Our heroic staff at LAC+USC Medical Center have worked tirelessly to care for the four victims entrusted to our care. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we are saddened to share that one of the victims has succumbed to their extensive injuries. We want to express our deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones.
Of the remaining patients being treated at the medical centre, one remains in serious condition and two are recovering.
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 20:23
Don Jr slammed for claiming media ignoring shooting as gunman not white conservative male
Donald Trump Jr claims the media is ignoring the mass shooting in Monterey Park because it wasn’t carried out by a white conservative man with an assault rifle.
This is despite it being the lead story on almost every network and above the fold on every major news website. One notable exception is FoxNews.com where the story sits approximately a third of the way down the page.
As victims are identified and families grieve, the eldest son of the former president felt the need to tweet: “You think you’d hear a lot more about the mass shooting of 10 people in California… But don’t worry you won’t hear anything about it because it wasn’t done by a white conservative man with an assault rifle. Doesn’t work for the narrative so it basically never happened!”
Twitter users were quick to clap back at him.
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 20:00
Monterey Park hosts one of California’s largest Lunar New Year celebrations
Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people on the eastern edge of Los Angeles and is composed mostly of Asian immigrants from China or first-generation Asian Americans. The shooting happened in the heart of its downtown where red lanterns decorated the streets for the Lunar New Year festivities. A police car was parked near a large banner that proclaimed “Happy Year of the Rabbit!”
The celebration in Monterey Park is one of California’s largest. Two days of festivities, which have been attended by as many as 100,000 people in past years, were planned. But officials canceled Sunday’s events following the shooting.
Tony Lai, 35, of Monterey Park was stunned when he came out for his early morning walk to learn that the noises he heard in the night 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 this. It’s really safe here. We’re right in the middle of the city, but it’s really safe.”
Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 19:30