'Could have been much worse': Monterey Park gunman disarmed by 'heroes' at second dance studio, sheriff says

Monday - 23/01/2023 06:42 Author: Editors Desk Source: USA Today
Tran was likely intending to shoot more people when he entered Lai Lai Ballroom & Dance, according to Luna.
Media wait outside the Civic Center in Monterey Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting rampage at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio after a Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023
Media wait outside the Civic Center in Monterey Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting rampage at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio after a Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

Two brave community members disarmed the Monterey Park, California, mass shooting suspect at a second dance studio after the deadly rampage and prevented further carnage, authorities said Sunday evening.

What to know: About 20 to 30 minutes after the suspected gunman killed 10 people at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran entered Lai Lai Ballroom & Dance Studio in Alhambra, California, with a gun and likely intending to shoot again, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. Two individuals at Lai Lai wrestled the firearm from the suspect, and he fled in a white van, according to Luna.

What police say: Tran was discovered in a white van in the nearby town of Torrance, California, where authorities found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot. The two individuals who disarmed the gunman prevented additional carnage, Luna said. "He was disarmed by two community members who I consider heroes because they saved lives. This could have been much worse." 

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