Following the Lunar New Year mass shooting in Monterey Park, authorities have announced that the suspect has died by suicide following a stand-off with police.
On January 21, PST, a mass shooting occurred at a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California.
At around 10:22 PM PST, the suspect entered the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los Angeles. He then began shooting, killing five men and five women, and injuring ten others.
Around 20 to 30 minutes later, a man entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in Alhambra with a gun but had his firearm wrestled from him before he fled the scene. LA County Sheriff Robert Luna stated that these two incidents “may be related.” Witnesses described a white cargo van, which authorities announced as a “van of interest.”
At 11:45 AM, PST, officers entered businesses in Torrance, California, and instructed them to remain inside due to a standoff with the suspected white van occurring outside. Shortly after, Sheriff Luna tweeted photos of the alleged shooter, identifying him as “armed and dangerous.”
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
Police involved in the standoff gave orders for the van’s driver to exit the vehicle but heard the sounds of a gun going off. Police have since entered the van and begun searching for evidence in relation to the two incidents.
Sheriff Luna has announced that they are not sure if the driver is the shooter but will continue to investigate and have urged community members to come forward if they have any information.
For those affected by the shooting, a victim resource center has been set up at the Langley Senior Center in Monterey Park.
As we’re looking for the suspect, we will not forget the victims and survivors.
— Sheriff Robert Luna
Our deepest condolences to the victims’ families.