Shots rang out shortly before midnight on Saturday at a Lunar New Year celebration in California. When all was said and done, twenty people had been shot, ten fatally, as police scrambled to find the man behind the killings.
The shooting took place at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, about seven miles East of downtown Los Angeles.
The suspect was later found and had turned a gun on himself, according to reports.
Huu Can Tran, 72, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white cargo van in Torrance that law enforcement officers had surrounded and forced their way into about 30 miles from where the massacre occurred, authorities said.
Authorities said they found a handgun and other evidence inside the van. An investigation is ongoing, and authorities said they’re still working to determine the motive.
Tran is also the suspect in an incident that took place at a dance studio late Saturday in the nearby city of Alhambra, authorities said.
…In the Alhambra incident, which occurred 17 minutes after the Monterey Park shooting, an Asian man entered the dance studio with a gun, and several people there wrestled the weapon away from him before he fled the scene. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Sunday evening that were it not for two community members who jumped in to disarm the suspect, there could have been more victims, calling the two people “heroes.” — CNN
While authorities have yet to determine a motive behind this attack, someone named Abdel Jibri Omar has published what he asserts to be a reconstructed timeline of Tran’s life. While it is impossible to vouch for it’s accuracy, the timeline shows some intersections between Tran’s life and the crime scene.
That timeline claims that, in the 1990s, a woman from the Monterey Park dance hall gave him some free dance lessons. They eventually got married. He briefly ran a failed trucking business in the early 2000s. In 2005, a year after the company dissolved they filed for divorce. There are a couple of references to property transactions in the intervening years before he popped up in the news over the weekend.
If accurate, the personal connection between that studio and his failed marriage could potentially shed light on the motive behind the attack.
And for everyone banging that gun control drum, there was no hint of a reference made in that timeline (which included several prior cities of residence) to any criminal history.
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