VP Motorcade: Harris touches down at LAX en route to Monterey Park

LOS ANGELES, CA — Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday afternoon and is on her way to Monterey Park to visit families affected by Saturday’s mass shooting that claimed 11 lives.

The vice president’s motorcade may hold up traffic and motorists could face rush hour delays as Harris crosses county. For security reasons, the authorities do not publish the route of the vice-presidential motorcade. Harris’ visits often involve road closures on the West Side when he stays at his home in Brentwood.

Eleven people were shot to death in the Monterey Park mass shooting on Saturday, and the death toll from subsequent mass shootings in California quickly accumulated to 24 this week.

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“California has been a courageous leader on smart gun safety laws, but we also need Congress to act,” he said, adding that the nation needs a “uniform approach” that protects 2nd Amendment rights but that includes “reasonable” gun laws

Harris follows Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was at a Los Angeles County hospital visiting families of victims when news broke of another shooting in Half Moon Bay Monday night.

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President Joe Biden also acknowledged the tragedies and said he has been speaking with local officials, including County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Rep. Judy Chu, D-Clarmont, as well as Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“We are working on a number of things that we can and will do,” he said.

The families of the victims Mymy Nhan, 65; Valentino Marcos Alvero, 68; Lilan Li, 63; and Xiujuan Yu, 57, Ming Wei Ma, 72; Muoi Dai Ung, 67; Hongying Jian, 62; Yu Lun Kao, 72; Chia Ling Yau, 76; Wen Tau Yu, 64; and Diana Man Ling Tom, 70, were forever changed this week.

A vigil, the third in three nights in the city, was also held Wednesday night outside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, 122 W. Garvey Ave. The vigil was organized by the group Compassion in SGV, and follows the vigils Monday and Tuesday nights outside Monterey Park City Hall.

Meanwhile, investigators continued to gather evidence as they tried to determine what led a 72-year-old man to fatally shoot 11 people and wound nine others Saturday night in the deadliest mass shooting in Los County history. Angels.

The gunman, identified by Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white pickup truck that was pulled over by Torrance police Sunday afternoon. . A handgun was recovered from the van, along with other possible evidence linking it to the dance studio murders, Luna said.

But the mystery remained what led Tran to open fire inside the dance studio after a day of celebrating the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park.

Luna said Monday that investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

“We want to know as much as all of you and we are working very hard to achieve it,” he said.
There were some initial reports, citing law enforcement sources, that the man had been looking for his wife or partner in the studio. But a longtime acquaintance of the suspect told KNX Newsradio that the man was known for his temper, suggesting that he may have targeted specific people with whom he had lingering personal grudges.

Some media reports also suggested the shooter was targeting specific people, possibly explaining why he went to a second dance studio in Alhambra after the initial shooting, looking for more people he wanted to target.

Police in the Hemet community in Riverside County, where Tran lived, said Monday that he went to the Hemet Police Department twice in early January “alleging prior fraud, theft and poisoning allegations involving his family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago. Tran said that he would return to the station with documentation on his allegations, but he never returned.”

Investigators searched Tran’s Hemet home Sunday night. Luna said items found in the home included a .308 caliber rifle, hundreds of rounds of .308 and 9mm caliber ammunition and “items that lead us to believe the suspect was making homemade firearm suppressors” or silencers.

Luna said investigators recovered 42 bullet casings inside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, indicating the number of shots fired at the scene of the massacre that occurred at 10:22 p.m. Saturday. A high-capacity magazine was also recovered.

The sheriff confirmed that one of the victims, possibly Nhan, was shot outside the dance studio and found inside a vehicle. Luna said that person was likely shot before the suspect entered the studio.

Luna described the weapon used in the murders as a “magazine-fed semi-automatic assault pistol.”

About 17 minutes after the Monterey Park attack, Tran entered the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in the 100 block of South Garfield Avenue in neighboring Alhambra.

Luna speculated that Tran was going to try to kill more people there, but employee Brandon Tsay, 26, whose family runs the studio, confronted Tran and took his gun, prompting him to leave.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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