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Gunman is dead after 10 killed in Monterey Park, Calif., shooting

Residents in Monterey Park, Calif., shared their experiences of hearing about the shooting that killed 10 people at a ballroom dance hall on Jan 21. (Video: Joyce Koh, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman/The Washington Post, Photo: Philip Cheung/The Washington Post)

The gunman suspected of killing 10 people and wounding at least 10 others at a ballroom dance hall in Monterey Park, Calif., shot and killed himself after being pulled over for a traffic stop, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said late Sunday.

Luna identified the suspected shooter as Huu Can Tran, a 72-year-old man of Asian descent. After a sweeping manhunt across Los Angeles, law enforcement converged on a white van that they pinned between two armored police trucks in a Torrance parking lot, a roughly 40-minute drive from the suburb east of downtown Los Angeles where the rampage began. Following a tense standoff, officers approached the van, finding Tran’s body in the driver’s seat and evidence that tied him to the shooting in the van, Luna said.

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  • The 10 victims — five men and five women — were pronounced dead at the scene and were “probably” all of Asian descent, Luna said. He said investigators have not yet identified the victims and did not know their ages. Seven of the wounded people remained in the hospital, he said.
  • Officials recovered two weapons: a handgun and an assault pistol with an “extended large-capacity magazine attached to it,” the latter of which might not be legal to own in California, Luna said.
  • Officials said an incident that took place in the neighboring city of Alhambra minutes after the Monterey Park shooting at Star Ballroom Dance Studio may be related. In Alhambra, the suspect walked into the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio with a gun before two people wrestled the weapon away from him, authorities said.
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The 10 victims — five men and five women — were pronounced dead at the scene and were “probably” all of Asian descent, Luna said. He said investigators have not yet identified the victims and did not know their ages. Seven of the wounded people remained in the hospital, he said.
Officials recovered two weapons: a handgun and an assault pistol with an “extended large-capacity magazine attached to it,” the latter of which might not be legal to own in California, Luna said.
Officials said an incident that took place in the neighboring city of Alhambra minutes after the Monterey Park shooting at Star Ballroom Dance Studio may be related. In Alhambra, the suspect walked into the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio with a gun before two people wrestled the weapon away from him, authorities said.

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