The driver of a white van who is the suspected shooter in Saturday’s Monterey Park mass shooting has been found dead from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound after being cornered by authorities in Torrance on Sunday.
Police sandwiched the driver and van with tactical vehicles and bomb squad trucks after pursuing the driver into a shopping center and hearing a gunshot from inside the van, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said in an update on Sunday evening.
After awaiting further support from SWAT, officers then moved in on the van to find one driver deceased, slumped over the steering wheel.
Authorities identified the suspect as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran.
Luna said that “several pieces of evidence” that police found inside the van have linked the vehicle and its driver to the Monterey Park shooting and a second incident.
A day earlier, witnesses said that a shooter opened fire at the Star Dance Studio on West Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park near the end of that day’s Lunar New Year celebration, killing 10 likely patrons and injuring at least 10 more, triggering a manhunt.
Luna said in a tweet on Jan. 22: “My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by last night’s shooting in the @CityofMPK. On behalf of @LASDHQ I offer my most sincere condolescences to the victim’s families. I stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and will work tirelessly to bring justice to the victims.”
The wounded were taken to local hospitals, with seven remaining in hospital as of Sunday evening, the sheriff said in an update.
Chester Chong, a community leader in the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, told ABC7 that the suspect’s wife was invited to the dance studio event without him, saying that jealousy could be involved in the tragedy.
Investigators have yet to comment on a possible motive.