Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Three mass shootings in 44 hours....

 "kill" = 44 (Ordinal)

“Only in America do we see this kind of carnage, this kind of chaos, this kind of disruption of communities and lives and confidence and sense of safety and belonging,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday after his state suffered three mass shootings in about 44 hours.

34° 3′ 43″ N, 118° 7′ 25″ W

"3 4 3 4 3 N 1 1 8 7 2 5 W" = 78 (Ordinal)
"Jesuit" = 78 (Reverse Ordinal)

"34 061944 118 123611" = 190 (Ordinal)
"Synagogue of Satan" = 190 (Ordinal)

"Monterey Park California United States" = 406 (Ordinal)
Biden is the 46th President 

"Monterey Park California US" = 118 (Reduction) (sits on the 118th meridian) 
"34.061944 118.123611"

Monterey Park shooting
Gunfire was reported at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio at 10:22 p.m. on January 21, 2023.[1][5][12] The gunman fled the scene. Monterey Park police responded within three minutes of the first 9-1-1 call, finding "individuals pouring out of the location screaming" when they arrived.[16] Ten people were pronounced dead at the scene.[4] Ten others were taken to local hospitals.[12][17] The gunman used a Cobray M11/9,[18] a semi-automatic pistol variant of the MAC-10 with an extended high-capacity magazine.[19] Robert Luna, the county sheriff, described the gunman as a male Asian wearing a black leather jacket, a black-and-white beanie, and glasses.[20]

Tran fired 42 rounds in the dance hall.[8] An unnamed witness to the shooting told the media that the gunman began "shooting everybody" in the ballroom, shooting some victims again while walking around.[21][22] The studio's owner and manager, Ming Wei Ma, was reportedly the first to rush the shooter, but was killed in the process.[23] At least one dancer, Yu Kao, was killed shielding others from gunfire.[24] The police took around five hours to alert the public that the shooter was at large, although the information was revealed through police scanners and other government agencies.[25][26]

Alhambra incident
A second incident occurred three miles (4.8 km) away in Alhambra, approximately 17 minutes after the Monterey Park shooting. A gunman entered the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio on South Garfield Avenue. Brandon Tsay, a 26-year-old computer programmer whose family owns the Lai Lai ballroom, confronted the gunman in the lobby, wrestled the gun away, and chased him out.[27][28] Tsay's actions were lauded as heroic.[27][28]

The gunman fled in a white late-1990s Chevrolet Express 3500 cargo van.[29][30][31][32] He was later identified as the Monterey Park gunman.[32] The suspect was identified by the weapon seized at the Alhambra attempted shooting scene, which gave authorities his name and description.[33] The sheriff later said that the weapon was a "magazine-fed semiautomatic assault pistol with a high-capacity magazine attached," adding that such a weapon was probably illegal under California law.[9]

Gunman's suicide

During the early afternoon of the next day, nearly 22 miles (35 km) away from the second attempted shooting site in Alhambra,[5] police pulled over a van matching the description as the one seen leaving the Alhambra scene at a parking lot in Torrance, near the intersections of Sepulveda and Hawthorne boulevards.[3] The van's license plates appeared to be stolen. As officers approached the van, they heard a single gunshot coming from inside, retreated, and requested tactical units to respond.[34] During the standoff SWAT officers, both visually from their armored vehicles and via a drone-mounted camera, observed the man in the driver's seat slumped over the steering wheel of the van. He died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head[2] from a Norinco 7.62×25 mm handgun.[19]

He was identified as the gunman responsible for both the Monterey Park shooting and the Alhambra incident.[3][35]

Ten people, consisting of five men and five women, were killed at the scene. An eleventh person died at LAC+USC Medical Center the day after the attack.[36][37] The victims were aged between 57 and 76.[38] Among the victims was Ming Wei Ma, the Star Ballroom Dance Studio's owner and manager, who patrons described as "the heart" of the studio.[23][39] Another nine people were injured in the shooting; seven of them remained hospitalized as of January 22, some in critical condition.[34]

All of the victims were identified by authorities.[40] It became the deadliest mass shooting in the history of Los Angeles County, exceeding the death toll of a massacre in Covina in 2008.[41][42] The Monterey Park shooting was the second of three mass shootings in California in almost a week, preceded by a house shooting in Goshen and followed by another shooting in Half Moon Bay, killing a total of 24 people.[43][44]

The gunman was identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran.[22][38] A copy of his marriage license indicated he was from China,[45] although an immigration document indicated that he was born in Vietnam.[46] He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1990 or 1991 and settled in the city of San Gabriel.[46][22] In 2013 Tran sold his San Gabriel home, which was a five-minute drive away from the Star Ballroom.[22] In 2020 he bought a double-wide trailer in a senior community at a mobile home park in Hemet,[3][47] a suburb about 85 miles (137 km) east of Los Angeles. He still lived there at the time of the shooting.[16][22]

In the late 1990s, Tran met his wife-to-be at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where he gave informal lessons and was a regular patron, and they were married in 2001. Four years later, Tran filed for a divorce, which was approved in 2006.[22] His ex-wife stated that he was never violent while around her but was "quick to anger".[48] According to a friend, Tran claimed the instructors at the dance studio had been saying "evil things" about him. [49]

Tran was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm in 1990, but he did not have a substantial criminal history.[8] After the shooting, authorities searched Tran's home pursuant to a search warrant.[38][16] Law enforcement found a .308-caliber rifle,[38][16] hundreds of rounds of ammunition,[38][8] and items suggesting that Tran was manufacturing suppressors.[38][8][16]

At 72 years of age, Tran became the second-oldest mass killer in U.S. history behind 73-year-old Carey Hal Dyess who, on June 2, 2011, shot and killed five people including his wife before killing himself near Yuma, Arizona. Otherwise, Tran became the oldest mass killer to fatally shoot people in a public area.[50][51]

"Ballroom" = 88 (Ordinal)

No comments:

Post a Comment