California: Police provide update on Monterey Park shooting, identify weapon used in new month’s attack
A gunman opened fire on a crowd at a dance studio during a New Year’s Eve party in Monterey Park on Saturday night, killing 12 people and injuring several others, authorities said.
At a news conference Wednesday evening, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said two weapons found near the Star Dance Ballroom Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., included a MAC-10 semi-automatic 9mm Cobra Company and a 7.62x25mm Norinco handgun.
Suspect Hu Canh Tran, 72, stood in front of the door and killed 11 people, firing 42 shots and using a MAC-10 as the main weapon.
There was also a modification to the weapon’s trigger, although it is unclear if the weapon was modified to be fully automatic. He was tested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Luna said.
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A photo of the weapon shown at the press conference shows a silencer or silencer attached to its barrel. The attachment appears to have cloth or other material wrapped around the barrel.
Possession of a MAC-10 is generally illegal in California, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States, particularly regarding “assault weapons.” However, a Californian is allowed to legally own a gun, and then it is prohibited.
Luna did not say when the handgun was taken or whether it was illegal to possess.
The sheriff also said the gun had a 30-round magazine and that the shooter switched magazines at some point during the attack. Large-capacity magazines, defined under California law as anything with more than 10 rounds, are illegal in the state.
A California firearms expert told Fox News Digital that changing a magazine can happen in seconds.
A resident may legally possess any high-capacity magazine as a prohibited weapon if the Reiter was obtained prior to January 1, 2000.
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After his attack, police said the gunman fled the ballroom and used a properly registered Norinco to kill himself.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Captain Andrew Meyer said police have video from inside the dance studio, but its graphic content is not being released at this time.
Investigators also executed a warrant at the suspect’s home, where they found a .308 caliber Savage Arms rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
The rifle is considered a hunting sporting rifle and is legal in the state. Most ammunition is also legal and widely available in California.
During the press conference, Luna said the alleged shooter had not been to the Star Ballroom in the past five years and that his connection to the victims was not immediately known.
The suspect was arrested in 1997 for illegal possession of a firearm, Luna said. He is Vietnamese and previously lived in China and Hong Kong. The suspect also left the motorcycle at the scene before the shooting. Police believe it may have been staged as a getaway vehicle.
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Those who died on Saturday evening were Valentino Alvero (68), Hong Jian (62), Yu Cao (72), Lilian Li (63), Ming Wei Ma (72), Mi Nhan (65), Diana Tom (72), Muoy Ung (Muoi Ung) was. , 67 years old, Chia Yau, 76 years old, Wen Yu, 64 years old, and Siyuan Yu, 57 years old.
The US Constitution recognizes the fundamental right of Americans to own firearms, and the US Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld that right.
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