Monterey Park Shooting: 10 Killed, 10 Wounded, Followed by Barricaded Subject

Monterey Park homicide, mass shooting suspect images released by police Sunday, January 22, 2023 (SOURCE: Monterey Park Police Department)
Monterey Park homicide, mass shooting suspect images released by police Sunday, January 22, 2023 (SOURCE: Monterey Park Police Department).

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Monterey Park responded about 10:22 p.m. PT Saturday, January 21, 2023 to a report of shots fired at the Star Dance Studio, 122 West Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park.

UPDATE: The suspect in the Monterey Park mass shooting is dead. Tactical police officers found the male suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white Chevy van, which the suspect used to flee the scene of a second shooting attempt in Alhambra. Citizens overcame the suspect during his second shooting attempt, and the suspect fled to Torrance, where he was stopped near a strip mall at Sepulveda Boulevard and Hawthorne Boulevard. During a barricade situation with the suspect inside the van, the suspect shot himself. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified the mass shooter as Huu Can Tran, age 72, and stated no other suspects were at large.

Star Dance Studio is a Chinese-owned ballroom dance studio near on West Garvey Avenue near Garfield Avenue in Monterey Park. After the shooting, the gunman fled the scene. Monterey Park police upon arrival discovered people evacuating the dance studio. Ten people were pronounced dead at the scene, and then victims were transported to local hospitals.

An image of the suspect was released on the official LA County Sheriff’s official Twitter account at 11:21 p.m. Initially, the Monterey Police Department did not specify what type of weapon was used, but media sources have indicated the suspect used a “high-powered assault rifle.” Sheriff Luna said Sunday afternoon that the weapon was not a high-powered assault rifle. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna also described the shooter as a “male Asian” with an age estimated between 30 to 50, 5’10”, 150 LBS. He was seen wearing a black leather jacket, beanie with red trim, and glasses. The initial release bulletin was at 11:18 a.m.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a second incident occurred at 10:39 p.m. in the block of 100 South Garfield Avenue in the city of Alhambra, which is about 2.5 miles away from the initial scene.

The second scene occurred at the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio, 121 South Garfield Avenue in Alhambra. An armed offender reportedly entered the establishment 17 minutes after the Monterey Park shooting, but was disarmed by citizens with no injuries occurring, and fled in a white cargo van. Police located a van matching the description in Torrance, California. The van was stopped and tactical police units surrounded the white van for a barricaded subject situation.

As of 12:29 p.m. Sunday, Sheriff Luna said the situation involving a white van in Torrance is not confirmed to have involved the shooting suspect in Monterey Park. Tactical law enforcement entered the van just before 1:00 p.m. PT. Torrance, California is about 27 miles from Monterey Park.

Sheriff Luna said authorities were withholding the name of the suspect because release of his name might hinder the suspect’s apprehension.


First Press Conference: Law enforcement and civic leaders addressed the mass shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California that killed ten people and wounded at least ten others (KTLA). YouTube Tips ⓘ

2nd Press Conference (1:30 PM) Pending .

A gunman killed 10 people and wounded 10 others at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration, setting off a manhunt for the suspect in the latest mass shooting tragedy in an American community (FOX 10 Phoenix). YouTube Tips ⓘ

The City of Monterey Park is saddened to announce that there was a shooting incident that occurred at 122 West Garvey in the City of Monterey Park late on Saturday, January 21. The City expresses condolences to the individuals, families, and friends who were injured in this tragic incident.

Even though the incident did not occur at the 2023 Lunar New Year Festival, an active investigation is currently underway and the area near and around the festival is affected. As a precaution and for the safety of everyone, the City regrets to announce the cancellation of the second day of the festival, which was scheduled for today, Sunday, January 22.

— Monterey Park City Manager’s Office

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First Press Conference: Local authorities and officials release the latest details into the ongoing investigation on the Monterey Park mass shooting that left at least 10 people dead and 10 injured. The suspect remains at large (FOX 11 Los Angeles). YouTube Tips ⓘ

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