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Monterey Park Shooting: Police Surround Van That May Be Linked To Suspect Who Killed 10 – Latest Updates

News helicopters show law enforcement surrounding a white van in Torrance

ABC7 News had images of law enforcement vehicles boxing in a white van in Torrance, California, and reports that “authorities believe it is possible” the Monterey Park suspect is inside.

#LIVE Two SWAT vehicles have boxed in a van in Torrance. Authorities believe it is possible the suspect in the #MontereyPark shooting is inside. AIR7 HD is live overhead now https://t.co/lC4ZotBaON pic.twitter.com/EQwyc77zQm

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In a news conference this morning, sheriff Robert Luna said that authorities were searching for a white cargo van, and that an assailant in a potentially related incident had escaped in a white van.

ABC7 News had images of law enforcement vehicles boxing in a white van in Torrance, California, and reports that “authorities believe it is possible” the Monterey Park suspect is inside.

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In a news conference this morning, sheriff Robert Luna said that authorities were searching for a white cargo van, and that an assailant in a potentially related incident had escaped in a white van.

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This is Lois Beckett in Los Angeles, picking up our coverage of the deadly mass shooting last night in Monterey Park, California, which left at least ten people dead and ten others injured.

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Here’s what we know so far:

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  • What happened: At around 10.20pm on Saturday night, a gunman opened fire in a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, authorities said, leaving ten people dead.

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  • Perpetrator not yet arrested: The shooter, who was identified in preliminary reports as an Asian male between 30 and 50 years old, is still at large, sheriff Robert Luna said at a press conference Sunday morning.

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  • The weapon: A law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times that the gunman used “a high-powered” military-style rifle “at close range.”

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  • Who was killed: Five men and five women died at the scene, authorities said. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

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  • Who was injured: At least ten people are wounded, and their conditions range from stable to critical, authorities said.

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  • Context: Monterey Park is a majority Asian American city about 7 miles from downtown Los Angeles. About 65% of residents are Asian American, according to census data. The shooting happened close to Monterey Park’s popular lunar new year festival which attracts thousands of celebrants. The city has cancelled the second day of the weekend festivities in the wake of the shooting.

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  • Is this a hate crime: “Everything is on the table … We don’t know if this is a hate crime by law,” the sheriff said at Sunday morning’s press conference.

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  • What’s next: Authorities promised a more detailed description of the suspect “in a few hours”.

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  • Across the nation: Lunar new year celebrations are planned in cities across the US and, indeed, across the world today to mark the start of the Chinese year of the rabbit. There will be huge events in Los Angeles, New York and other places today.

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  • Questions remain: At the press conference, the sheriff described reports of a potential related incident in Alhambra, another majority Asian American city near Monterey Park, which took place 17min after the Monterey Park shooting, “where a male Asian suspect walked into a dance hall … with a firearm and some individuals wrestled the firearm away from him” and then “hat individual took off”, Luna said. He said it’s not clear if the incidents are related.

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  • Bigger context: Between March 2020 and March 2022, more than 11,400 hate incidents against Asian Americans were reported across the United States, according to a report by Stop AAPI Hate.

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5 females and 5 male victims are dead, said Los Angeles county sheriff Robert Luna, adding that their specific ages have not yet been identified.

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The suspect in the shooting has been described preliminarily by authorities as a “male Asian,” according to Los Angeles County sheriff Robert Luna.

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US Senate majority whip Dick Durbin has just expressed fears for the security of Asian Americans across the US in the wake of the shooting in California, as we await any news on whether the Asian American community there was deliberately targeted on the basis of race.

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The Illinois Democrat also called for great gun safety laws in the US. There was new federal legislation tightening gun laws passed last year with bipartisan support, the first for decades. And many more laws have been passed at local and state level in the last five or 10 years, but Republicans in Congress still generally reject strong reforms such as a nationwide ban on military-style assault rifles being sold to the general public.

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Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union politics show this morning, he said of the lunar new year parties and events that were taking place in Monterey Park yesterday: “The same celebrations are taking place her in Chicago and across the US. I’m very concerned for the Asian American population. I am hoping this is not a hate crime.”

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Durbin condemned yet another mass shooting, “which sadly is uniquely American experience. It happens over and over and over again.”

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He said there was “a lot” more lawmakers could do to “make our nation safer for everyone” and he slammed the US Supreme Court, now dominated by a super-majority of six conservatives, for allowing laxer gun laws and operating with a mentality towards gun safety that he was is “beyond the realm of reality.”

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He lamented the public’s ease of acquiring high capacity magazines and weapons “that belong in the military.”

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