| 8 February 2023, Wednesday |

California police investigate motive in Asian dance hall massacre

The home of the elderly shooter who killed 10 people in a dance hall near Los Angeles on Saturday before shooting himself dead was searched by California police on Monday in an effort to determine the motivation behind one of the state’s worst mass killings.

Huu Can Tran, 72, an Asian-American man, was named by police as the shooter in the tragedy that occurred at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park during a Lunar New Year party.

Tran, whom a former tenant described to Reuters as “angry and distrustful,” killed 10 people between the ages of 50 and 80 and wounded 10 others, police said.

On Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said “everything is on the table” in terms of identifying the reasons for the shooting.

But Mayor Henry Lo of Monterey Park, a city about seven miles (11 km) east of downtown Los Angeles with a predominantly Asian population, told NBC that investigators were looking at “personal relationships” as a possible motive. Tran, a resident of Hemet, California, and a frequent attendee of the dance hall, may have been targeting his ex-wife, Lo said.

  • Reuters