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Law enforcement search Hemet, California home of Monterey Park mass shooter


Law enforcement on Sunday night swarmed the Hemet home of 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, the man authorities believe to be responsible for shooting and killing 10 people and wounding 10 others Saturday night in Monterey Park.  

Authorities also said Tran tried but failed to target another dance hall later in the evening.  

The gunfire erupted around 10:20 p.m. Saturday inside Star Ballroom Dance Studio, located at 122 W. Garvey Ave, in this predominantly Asian community several miles east of downtown Los Angeles. 

Ten people, five women, and five men were pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said at a news conference. The wounded were taken to hospitals with conditions ranging from stable to critical. 

Seven victims of the shooting remain hospitalized.  

Tran was later discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his van in Torrance.  

Several law enforcement agencies executed the search warrant at the shooter’s suspected residence in the 5000 block of West Florida Avenue in a Hemet senior community Sunday night video shows.  

Pat Roth, a neighbor in the senior community, said Tran had lived there for about a year.  

“Tran was just a nice guy. I mean, I’d see him riding his little, small motorcycle in and out, once in a while in his van,” Roth told Inland News. “He’d stop to pet your dog, and everybody around here just thought he was just some quiet, little guy. The people I’ve talked to are just stunned that he was involved in this. Pretty much lived alone, and I guess he taught dance or something, ballroom dance.”  

At an earlier press conference Sunday, Sheriff Luna said there are no more outstanding suspects of the mass shooting incident, though the investigation remains active while detectives work to determine a motive for the killings.  


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