California rocked by back-to-back mass shootings


MONTEREY PARK, Calif., Jan 24 (Reuters) – Just two days after a gunman killed 11 people at a Los Angeles-area dance studio, seven more victims were shot dead in an agricultural area near San Francisco, as the California was suffering one of its bloodiest waves of mass gun violence in decades.

Authorities said they had not identified the motive for any of the attacks. The attacks seemed especially baffling, in part because the suspects in each were men of retirement age, much older than is typical for perpetrators of mass shootings that have become routinely narcotics in the United States.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said he was visiting injured survivors of Saturday night’s massacre in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park when he was informed of Monday’s killings in northern California.

“Tragedy after tragedy,” Newsom wrote on Twitter.

Otherwise, the back-to-back firefights seemed to have little in common.

The latest carnage hit the coastal town of Half Moon Bay, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, where a gunman opened fire on groups of farm workers at two locations about a mile away, leaving a total of seven dead. and one seriously injured. then ran away.

The accused gunman, identified as Chunli Zhao, 67, was arrested shortly afterwards after being found sitting in his vehicle, parked outside a sheriff’s station, where authorities said they believed he had come to turn himself in.

A semiautomatic weapon was found in his car, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said at an evening news conference.

Corpus said the suspect, who was “fully cooperating” with investigators after his arrest, had worked at one of the two crime scenes. She described the sites as agricultural “nursery” where some of the workers also lived. Local media reported that one location was a mushroom farm.

President Joe Biden said in a statement Tuesday that he was briefed by his homeland security team on the Half Moon Bay shooting and has instructed his administration to ensure that local officials have the backing of the federal government.

“Even as we await more details about these shootings, we know that the scourge of gun violence across America demands stronger action,” he said, urging Congress to reintroduce a federal ban on assault weapons.

In a separate incident in the Bay Area on Monday night that drew far less attention, one person was killed and seven wounded in a “multi-individual shooting” in Oakland, police said, in circumstances that suggest a case of gang violence. Police gave few details but said the surviving victims had all gone to area hospitals.

News of the Half Moon Bay massacre emerged as police worked on a second full day of investigation into the shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, east of downtown Los Angeles, where a gunman killed 11 people. Nine others were injured.

Authorities said the suspect, Huu Can Tran, 72, drove close to an adjacent town and broke into a second dance hall, only to be confronted by the club operator, who struggled with the gun during a brief scuffle.

Tran, himself a longtime patron of the Star Ballroom, catering mostly to older dance enthusiasts, ran away again and disappeared overnight.

He shot himself dead in his parked getaway vehicle, a cargo van, on Sunday morning, about 12 hours after the attack, as police surrounded him in the town of Torrance, south of Los Angeles, authorities said. .


Saturday’s violence unfolded amid a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, an Asian-American community hub in Southern California, initially giving rise to concerns that the attack may have been racially motivated. The second day of the event was cancelled.

It ranked as the deadliest mass shooting ever in Los Angeles County, according to Hilda Solis, a member of the county’s Board of Supervisors.

By comparison, the 1984 massacre of 21 people at a McDonald’s restaurant in San Diego remains the largest loss of life in a single shooting on record in California.

The last two shootings were also notable for the age of the suspects, one in his late 60s, another in his early 70s.

A database of 185 mass shootings between 1966 and 2022 maintained by the nonprofit Violence Project includes only one carried out by someone aged 70 or older – a retired miner who killed five people in Kentucky in 1981.

Attesting to the firepower unleashed at the Monterey Park Ballroom, investigators recovered 42 bullet casings and a large-capacity clip of ammunition from the venue, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna told reporters on Monday.

He said a search of the suspect’s mobile home in a gated community for seniors in the town of Hemet, 130 kilometers east of Los Angeles, revealed a rifle, electronic devices and items “which lead us to believe that the suspect was making homemade products. ” gun silencers. Police also seized hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the residence and a pistol in the suspect’s vehicle.

Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese said investigators are investigating unconfirmed reports that the violence may have been sparked by jealousy or relationship issues.

Adam Hood, who rented a Tran home in the Los Angeles area, told Reuters that his landlord enjoyed ballroom dancing and frequented the Star Ballroom, although he complained that others talked behind his back.

“He was suspicious of people in the studio, angry and suspicious. I think he’s had enough,” Hood said.

Reporting by Tim Reid in Monterey Park and Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, California; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Rich McKay, Gabriella Borter, Brendan O’Brien, Brad Brooks, Jonathan Allen, Joseph Axe, Dan Whitcomb and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Chizu Nomiyama

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