The death toll rises in a mass shooting in LA
Islam News – Another victim of the recent mass shooting in a thriving Chinese American suburb of Los Angeles died at a hospital yesterday, bringing the death toll to 11. Investigators continued to seek the gunman’s motive in the attack, which took place during a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park. Here are updates.
The victims of the massacre were in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Officials have identified two victims, My Nhan and Lilan Li, and details about the others are still emerging. They were killed at a popular dance hall where people were practicing guangchang wu, which is popular among middle-aged and older Chinese.
The 72-year-old suspect, Huu Can Tran, shot and killed himself on Sunday after police closed in on him in a nearby city, authorities said. Investigators believe he specifically targeted some people and shot others randomly. An official said that the suspect had recently visited a local police station near where he was living in a mobile park to say that his family was poisoning him.
Families: “We are mentally preparing for the worst,” said one woman, whose father was grazed by bullets and whose mother was missing.
A thwarted assault: The gunman tried to carry out a second attack nearby, officials said. But a 26-year-old said that he had wrested a semiautomatic assault pistol from the gunman’s hands. “From his body language, his facial expression, his eyes, he was looking for people,” he said.
Monterey Park: There are few places in the U.S. that hold greater significance to Chinese Americans than the now-grieving city.
Source: The New York Times