Jan 22, 2023 - Politics & Policy

L.A. County officials praise heroes who disarmed suspect at 2nd location

 A sign on the door at Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in Alhambra on Sunday, Jan. 2.

A sign on the door at Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra on Sunday. Photo: Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images

Los Angeles County authorities praised two civilians Sunday for disarming a gunman at an Alhambra, California, dance studio whom they believe was the same man they suspect was responsible for the Monterey Park mass shooting.

Driving the news: Police believe the suspect went to the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in the nearby city of Alhambra after the shooting in Monterey Park on the eve of Lunar New Year Saturday night, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said at a Sunday evening news conference that "some individuals wrestled the firearm away from him."

The big picture: The shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, a majority Asian American city, east of Los Angeles, killed 10 people and wounded at least 10 others at 10:22pm on Saturday.

  • No one was injured in the second incident in Alhambra just over 20 minutes later following the civilians' actions, which Luna said was because the "heroes" seized his weapon "and the suspect ran away."
  • Authorities identified the suspect in both incidents as Huu Can Tran, a 72-year-old man whose body was found inside a cargo van following a standoff with police in Torrance, California. He died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, authorities said.

What they're saying: "The suspect walked in there, probably with the intent to kill more people, and two brave community members decided they were going to jump into action and disarm him. They did so," Luna said.

The bottom line: "They saved lives. This could've been much worse. The weapon that we recovered at that second scene I am describing was a magazine-fed semiautomatic assault pistol," the sheriff added.

  • "Not an assault rifle, but an assault pistol that had an extended large capacity magazine attached to it."

What we're watching: Luna said he believed the weapon "is not legal to have here in the state of California" and authorities were investigating this further.

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