After the Lunar New Year weekend, this moment of celebration turned into a moment of horror in Monterey Park, California, on January 21.
The 72-year-old shooter committed suicide when police approached him on Sunday, about 12 hours after the massacre at the club, arranged in honor of the Lunar New Year, as a result of which 10 people were killed and 10 others were injured.
The shooter tried to carry out another shooting at another club a few minutes after the first one on Saturday night, but authorities said two passersby grabbed the gun from the man before any shots were fired. He hid from this scene.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified the suspect as Huu Kang Tran, a seventy-year-old man who, he said, used a high-capacity magazine pistol to shoot at a ballroom popular with elderly visitors from Monterey Park.
Investigators did not yet know the motive, although gun violence is common in the United States. Luna did not identify any of the victims, but said the five men and five women appeared to be in their 50s, 60s or older.
The sheriff said the gun Tran used appears to be illegal in California, where state laws prohibit any magazine with more than 10 rounds.
“We want to know, we want to know how something so terrible can happen,” Luna told reporters.
All our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.