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LA Co Sheriff Monterey Park suspect, according to authorities.

Huu Can Tran was identified as the suspect in the mass shooting that killed at least 10 people in a Monterey Park, California, ballroom dance studio.

The shooting broke out on Saturday, January 22, 2023, at approximately 10:22 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to CNN, the mass shooting occurred “near a Lunar New Year festival celebration” in the Chinese community.

????POLICE IN TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, HAVE SURROUNDED A WHITE VAN IN A PARKING LOT.
THEY BELIEVE THE SUSPECT OF THE MASS SHOOTING IN MONTEREY PARK IS INSIDE THE VEHICLE. ???? pic.twitter.com/mCUQ5sKPv7

— Megan Hawkins (@meganhawkinsabc) January 22, 2023

The news release gave the location as “100 blk. W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park.”

The Sheriff’s Department released the suspect’s photo:

On Saturday January 21, 2023 at 10:22 PM the suspect male/adult/Asian pictured above was involved in a shooting. Investigators have identified him as a Homicide suspect and he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Contact LASD Homicide with any information at 323-890-5000. pic.twitter.com/2gPUBBybvv

— Robert Luna (@LACoSheriff) January 22, 2023

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said in a news conference on Sunday morning that there is a “male suspect that fled the scene and remains outstanding at this moment.” He was described as an Asian male. He said they have received different descriptions of the same suspect from witnesses.

Asked whether it was a hate crime, Luna said, “Everything is on the table.” He said he doesn’t know if it is a hate crime as defined by law. He said the age range is between 30 and 50. He said a better description would be put out in the next few hours.

“We are utilizing every resource to apprehend this suspect,” Luna said, calling it one of the county’s “most heinous cases” and “senseless.” He said investigators “want to get this guy, and they’re going to.” The sheriff said the victims are five females and five males and are probably of Asian descent, but authorities are still working to identify them.

In an early morning press conference, Captain Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that the suspect is still at large and fled the scene. Meyer did not release the suspect’s identity or description. He said a firearm was used, but he did not specify the type of gun.

According to the Los Angeles Times, citing a source, the suspect “used a high powered assault rifle at close range.” However, Luna said “we don’t believe it was an assault rifle at this time,” but the type of weapon is still under investigation.

The Times called it “one of the worst in modern Los Angeles County history.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Says the Mass Shooting Stemmed From a Domestic Dispute

BREAKING: Mass Shooting Lunar Celebration in Monterey Park; Suspect still at large. 10 Killed, 10 Injured ⁦@KFIAM640⁩ ⁦@MontereyParkPD⁩ #MassShooting pic.twitter.com/vQU6woGaYF

— Tim Conway Jr Show (@ConwayShow) January 22, 2023

Chester Chong, chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Log Angeles, told ABC7 in a live broadcast that he believes the suspect was a husband who had grown angry at his wife.

“This hate is because of a wife and husband,” he said when asked if the mass shooting was a hate crime. He said he heard that information from friends who went dancing and singing in the area. Chong told ABC7 that those people told him that the husband was angry because he didn’t want his wife to go to the dance hall, but she went anyway. Police have not yet confirmed that information.

However, Luna would only say it was a “possibility” that the suspect knew someone or people at the dance hall. He said the domestic angle is “on the table” as a possible motive, but he did not confirm it during the news conference.

Meyer described the shooting as a “mass shooting incident.”

He said that officers from the Monterey Park Police Department responded to a shots fired call and saw “numerous individuals” who were patrons of the establishment “pouring out” of the location and screaming. They located additional victims inside.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department press release, “Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are responding to assist Monterey Park Police Department with a shooting death investigation. There are nine deceased.” That count was later updated to 10 deceased in the news conference.

The press release adds:

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call ‘Crime Stoppers’ by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

2. The Gunman Entered Star Ballroom Dance Studio With a ‘Semiautomatic Gun’ & ‘Multiple Rounds of Ammunition,’ Reports Say

BREAKING: Mass Shooting Monterey Park 10 Killed, 10 Hurt during Chinese Lunar Celebration. pic.twitter.com/qA7oAd6TYv

— Tim Conway Jr Show (@ConwayShow) January 22, 2023

Meyer said the mass shooting occurred at a “ballroom dance location.” CNN reported that the location was Star Ballroom Dance Studio.

He said that 10 victims were pronounced deceased at the scene, and 10 additional victims were transportation to numerous hospitals. Their conditions range from stable to critical, he said, but he did not have the victims’ ages.

The lunar festival in Monterey Park was supposed to continue into Sunday, January 22, 2023, but it has been cancelled, Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Weise said in the news conference. In the Sunday press conference, Weise said he brought in extra officers to make sure the community is safe.

Seung Won Choi, who owns a restaurant near the shooting scene, said three people “rushed into his restaurant and told him to lock the door,” The Los Angeles Times reported.

They described a suspect with a “semiautomatic gun” who “had multiple rounds of ammunition on him, so that once his ammunition ran out he reloaded.”

Wong Wei told the Times a friend was in the bathroom of the dance club when the shooting occurred. She saw two female victims and the club leader, according to The Times, which described Wei as saying the suspect “was carrying a long gun and appeared to fire indiscriminately.”

“They don’t know why, so they run,” he said to The Times.

3. Police Are Investigating a Nearby Incident in Alhambra, Where a Man Walked Into a Dance Hall With a Gun

Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in Alhambra are blocked off with police tapes and detectives are seen walking in… Captain Meyer of LA Sheriff had mentioned of another event in Alhambra in relation to the Monterey Park shooting. pic.twitter.com/3KI9gKAkfg

— Jeong Park 박종찬 (journa.host/@jeongpark52) (@JeongPark52) January 22, 2023

Authorities are investigating an incident in Alhambra, California, near Monterey Park. Luna said a male Asian suspect walked into a dance hall with a firearm. Some individuals “wrestled the firearm away from him,” and he “took off.” Some witnesses in that area are describing a white cargo van, but they don’t know whether the van is connected. He said the Alhambra incident might be connected.

He said it happened about 20 minutes after the mass shooting.

They did not specify the nature of it, but Meyer said they are trying to determine whether there is a connection between the two incidents.

Mass shooting near Los Angeles in Monterey Park, California is worse since Uvalde. Man with assault style weapon killed ten at dance club, where a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration was taking place. Monterey Park is primarily an Asian community. pic.twitter.com/i7VsVep1Tt

— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 22, 2023

However, journalist Jeong Park wrote on Twitter, “Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in Alhambra are blocked off with police tapes and detectives are seen walking in… Captain Meyer of LA Sheriff had mentioned of another event in Alhambra in relation to the Monterey Park shooting.”

Fox News reported through sources that the incidents are related.

In the Sunday news conference, Luna said “honestly we don’t know the answer to that yet” as to whether the two incidents are connected.

4. The Motive Is Not Yet Clear

Monterey Park pic.twitter.com/cZS7kxA8L3

— Catalan (@SativaHighh) January 22, 2023

According to Meyer, it’s “too early in the investigation” to know the motive.

He said authorities are still sorting out whether the suspect knew the victims or whether the mass shooting was a targeted attack.

Meyer also said it is too early to know whether the mass shooting was a hate crime.

Monterey Park is 65.6% Asian, according to CNN.

Karine Jean- Pierre, the White House press secretary, tweeted, “The President has been briefed by the Homeland Security Advisor on the mass shooting in Monterey Park. He directed her to make sure that the FBI is providing full support to local authorities, and to update him regularly today as more details are known.”

5. The Victims Were ‘Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year,’ Reports Say

Ten killed in mass shooting in Los Angeles area, police say, at the #MontereyPark, how horrible. What makes people kill others that way, what´s going around in such mass killers´ heads??? https://t.co/XYRiAG4dyE@Reuters pic.twitter.com/yauG9YIObm

— Marion Friedl #StandWithUkraine #Boostered #LGBTIQ (@marillion13) January 22, 2023

CNN’s Camila Bernal reported: “I talked to witnesses here on the scene who told me that this is a popular dance club. People regularly come here on the weekends. We also know that they were celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. So as these celebrations were going on, these shots rang out.”

ATF Los Angeles tweeted, “ATF Los Angeles is on scene and assisting its local law enforcement partners in the Monterey Park mass shooting.”

Supervisor Hilda Solis said in the news conference that the shooting was heartbreaking. “We continue to be resilient,” she said of the community. Solis said thousands of people attended the celebrations that were attending near the dance hall. She said it is a community that is accepting of diversity and immigrants.

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We’re almost four years removed from the Philadelphia 76ers trading Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic following a disappointing start to his career. His tenure in Philly was plagued with criticism due to poor shooting stemming from a rare arm injury, and the guard was sidelined nearly 14 months after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in 2021.

The former No. 1 pick was considered a bust and blamed for ruining The Process in Philadelphia. Now, Fultz is away from the spotlight in Orlando and is allowed to progress on a team with no expectations. And he’s been doing that really well this season.

This year’s frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, Paolo Banchero, has been getting most of the attention in Orlando, and rightfully so. But it’s hard not to acknowledge the strides Fultz is making to finally becoming a productive NBA player.

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The sixth-year guard relies on the mid-range jumper as most of the league depends on shooting three pointers. Picking his spot a few steps below the arc has worked for Fultz as he’s shooting 50% from the field and 52% from two-point range — both career highs. He’s knocking down three-pointers at 37%, which is also a career high and much better than his previous best (28%). His play style is effective and was on display when he recorded 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes against the Wizards on Jan 21.

What is also encouraging is Fultz’s shooting form. Unlike his time with the Sixers, the guard no longer shows different variations of his jumpshot during games. His form is consistent. There’s still a hitch in his jumper — like Pacers’ guard Tyrese Haliburton — but not as bad when he dealt with thoracic outlet syndrome earlier in his career.

Fultz’s playmaking ability isn’t limited to his shot creation. He dishes five assists per game playing alongside 20-point per game scorers Franz Wagner and Banchero. Fultz has missed 21 games this season, but started every game (27) he appeared in for the Magic.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for Fultz, which wasn’t the case a few years ago. He may never reach his full potential that was expected when he was first drafted, but he’s shown an ability to carve out a role for himself on an NBA roster.

Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon, T-Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell and former Knick Kristaps Porzingis are examples of top-five draft picks who were expected to have bigger impacts on the league than what they have accomplished to this point — the three combine for two total All-Star selections. They were traded from their initial teams — just like Fultz — and found success elsewhere. After a long and winding road back to productivity, Fultz is on his path to joining them.

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