The suspect in the Monterey Park Lunar New Year shooting that killed 10 people was a 72-year-old Asian man police believe used an illegal firearm to carry out the attack

  • Police said Huu Can Tran, a 72-year-old Asian man, was the suspect in the Monterey Park shooting.
  • He killed 10 and wounded 10 more at a Lunar New Year celebration before attempting another attack, police said.
  • He died by suicide on Sunday afternoon during a stand-off with law enforcement.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department on Sunday said the suspect in Saturday’s Monterey Park shooting that killed 10 and left 10 more wounded was a 72-year-old Asian man named Huu Can Tran.

In an evening press conference, Sheriff Robert Luna said the suspect was behind the Lunar New Year shooting at a ballroom dance studio where community members were gathered to celebrate the festival.

Five of the victims were men and five were women, each estimated to be older than 50 years old, according to Luna. Law enforcement is still working to identify the victims.

The gunman opened fire on Saturday evening in the Monterey Park dance studio before fleeing to a second location in the nearby city of Alhambra, where police say he attempted a second attack at another dance studio. The suspect was disarmed by bystanders and escaped on foot, leading police on an overnight search.

On Sunday afternoon, the white van the suspect used to escape the crime scene was spotted in the beach city of Torrance, where police officers attempted to take the suspect into custody. Luna told reporters the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound before he could be apprehended.

Inside the vehicle, law enforcement recovered a “magazine-fed semi-automatic assault pistol with an extended, large-capacity magazine,” along with other, unspecified evidence linking the man to the attacks.

“I believe the weapon that was recovered at the Alhambra location is not legal to have here in the state of California,” Luna told reporters. Luna said the suspect had multiple firearms but did not specify how many.

The suspect’s criminal and mental health history is still being investigated to identify a possible motive for the killings.

Jealousy was a possible factor, ABC7 reported, as the man’s wife was invited to the party at the dance studio, while he was not welcomed to attend, according to Chester Chong, a community leader and chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. 

Chong did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“We still are not clear on the motive,” Luna told reporters during the Sunday evening press conference. “The investigation continues and that is something we all want to know. We want to know how something this awful can happen.”

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