11 Killed in Mass Shooting in Monterey Park, Suspected Gunman Dead
Mass Shooting 11 Killed in Massacre During Lunar New Year ... Suspected Gunman Dead
1/22/2023 6:09 AM PT
1:23 PM PT -- 1/23 -- The death toll rises to 11 after one of the hospitalized victims has died, according to hospital officials.
5:37 AM PT -- The police confirmed the man in the van is the suspected gunman. He died by suicide.
4:59 PM PT -- A man was found dead Sunday in a white van that police had reason to believe may be connected to the mass shooting in Monterey Park -- this after shooting himself.
The van had been surrounded by law enforcement in a standoff down in Torrance, and a loud noise could be heard inside. After a tactical team approached and looked inside, they found a dead body. It's unclear if this man is, in fact, the suspect who'd been on the run.
Some reports have indicated it may be him, but the official word isn't out yet. A motive has yet to be ascribed to the massacre.
9:25 AM PT -- Sheriff's officials say ... the 10 people found dead at the scene were 5 women and 5 men.
One suspect, described as an "Asian male," fled the scene. It's still unknown if this and a possibly related incident in nearby Alhambra are connected.
The Sheriff's Office says they have not ruled out a hate crime. They also stated they do not believe at this time that an assault rifle was used in the shooting.
A gunman killed 10 people and wounded 10 others in a mass shooting at a popular dance studio in Monterey Park.
The assailant went on his bloody rampage late Saturday night near where people had been celebrating the Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park. Thousands of people had attended that event about an hour earlier ... organizers later canceled festivities scheduled for Sunday.
After the attack at the dance hall, the shooter fled. Police have not disclosed a motive and have no description of the suspect. No weapon was found either.
CNN interviewed a witness who said people usually hang out at the ballroom on weekends, but they were also marking the Chinese Lunar New Year ... "So as these celebrations were going on, these shots rang out."
L.A. Sheriff's Department Captain Andrew Meyer described a chaotic scene after police responded to a "shots fired call" around 10:20 PM.
"When officers arrived on scene, they observed numerous individuals, patrons of the location pouring out of the location, screaming," Meyer said. "The officers made entry to the location and located additional victims."
Meyer said the fire department also responded to the scene and treated the injured before transporting them to area hospitals. The victims were listed in various conditions ranging from stable to critical.
The Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation with assistance from the FBI. Investigators are looking into a possibly related incident in nearby Alhambra.
Originally Published -- 1/22 6:09 AM PT