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Mayor Gordo Issues Statement After Shooting in Monterey Park

Published on Sunday, January 22, 2023 | 2:48 pm
 

Mayor Victor Gordo issued a statement after a mass shooting in Monterey Park left 10 people dead and 10 others injured. 

According to reports released Sunday afternoon, the shooting took place at a Lunar New Year celebration that attracted thousands. 

After the shooting, the suspect went to a second location where people wrestled the gun from the suspect, before he fled in a white van.

A motive for the shooting has not been released.

According to authorities, at approximately 10:22 p.m., officers from the Monterey Park police department responded to a “shots fired” call at a dance studio on the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park. 

At around 11:00 a.m. Torrance Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department surrounded a vehicle of interest. At about 12:40 p.m., a SWAT team consisting of almost a dozen officers swarmed the vehicle and searched the interior. 

According to CNN and several other news sources police identified the suspect as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran. Tran reportedly killed himself after a standoff with police in Torrance.  

“Our City is hurting after the mass shooting that occurred last night in Monterey Park, on the eve of the Lunar New Year. We are heartbroken and our condolences go out to the victims, their

families, the community and its leadership, and to those who responded to this horrific event. We pray for those who were wounded in hopes that they all make a full recovery,” Gordo said in a statement on Sunday. 

The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena canceled its Lunar New Year Festival in the wake of the mass shooting.

“In light of the devastating news of the deadly mass shooting in neighboring Monterey Park, the USC Pacific Asia Museum is canceling its Lunar New Year Festival that was scheduled for today,” officials said in a statement.

Gordo called the shooting an act of “senseless evil.”

“I have reached out to Monterey Park Mayor Henry Lo and expressed our deepest sympathy on behalf of our City and have offered any assistance we can provide in the coming days.”

Gordo continues to receive updates on the event from Pasadena City Manager Miguel Márquez and Police Chief Eugene Harris.

At 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Torrance Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies surrounded a vehicle of interest. At about 12:40 p.m., a SWAT team consisting of almost a dozen officers swarmed the vehicle and searched the interior.

“I also want to recognize the courage and bravery from community members who risked their lives to care for the injured, the public safety personnel who quickly responded and the medical staff who provide additional support.”

“As we grieve, we need to support one another. Please take time to check in with your loved ones, friends and neighbors, recognize if they’re in need of support and provide that support to them.”

“In the days and weeks ahead, may we all lean on each other to help us cope in the aftermath of this unthinkable crime.”

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