Ten killed in shooting at Lunar New Year party in US

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WASHINGTON – A gunman who shot dead 10 people during a Lunar New Year celebration in the United States has been found dead in the van he used to flee, according to police.

 

Officers in the state of California found the man on Sunday after surrounding the vehicle in the town of Torrance, which lies southwest of Monterey Park where the killings took place.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified the suspect as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran and said he shot himself as police approached the van. Luna told reporters that no other suspects were at large and that the motive remained unclear for the attack, which wounded 10 more.

The mass shooting took place late on Saturday at a ballroom dance club on Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, a majority Asian American city on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. Police said people were “pouring out of the location screaming” when officers arrived at the venue at about 10:30pm local time (06:30 GMT Sunday).

In a news conference hours after the attack, Luna said five men and five women died at the scene. The wounded were in conditions “ranging from stable to critical”, he said. Their identities have not been made public.

Video taken by local news outlets after the shooting showed wounded people, many of them appearing to be middle-aged, being loaded into ambulances on stretchers.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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