Investigators still have no motive for Monterey Park shooting, sheriff says


Investigators have yet to find a possible connection between the Monterey Park, Calif., shooting suspect and the 11 people killed. in the carnageofficials said Wednesday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said at a press conference Wednesday night that investigators “so far have been unable to establish a link between the suspect and the victim.” .

The suspect, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, is unmarried, and investigators “so far have been unable to link him romantically with any of the victims,” ​​Luna said.

Luna also revealed that at no point in the past five years did detectives believe Trang went to the dance studio where Saturday’s shooting took place.

“Based on the statements we have, he hasn’t been there for five years,” Luna said.

Luna revealed early Wednesday that Monterey Park Police recovered a motorcycle registered in Tolan.

“Investigators believe the suspect put it there as another means of escape,” Luna said.

Authorities have so far recovered three of Trang’s firearms, Luna said. The weapon recovered at the shooting scene was a Cobray semi-automatic assault pistol and was not registered, Luna said. Tran purchased the Cobley at Monterey Park in February 1999, Luna said.

The second weapon, which was found in Tolan’s van after he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following Sunday’s shootout in the nearby city of Torrance, was a rifle as well as a registered pistol. there were. later discovered I am looking for a house in Trang.

Luna also confirmed that Tran’s only known criminal record was his arrest for illegal possession of a firearm in 1990.

Vice President Kamala Harris from California visited the site of the shooting on Wednesday.

Dressed in black, she stopped at a cenotaph in the parking lot of a dance studio, went to a seniors center, and spoke with relatives of the victims.

Harris spoke briefly to reporters and again called for tougher gun laws.

Eleven people were killed and nine injured when gunmen opened fire inside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Saturday night during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Victims ranged in age from 57 to 76. identified. Wakes for Victims was held Tuesday night.

Monument to the victims of the Monterey Park shooting
A temporary memorial to those who died in the January 24, 2023, shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California.

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