VP Motorcade: Harris Lands At LAX On Her Way To Monterey Park

LOS ANGELES, CA — Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday afternoon and is en route to Monterey Park to visit with the families affected by Saturday’s mass shooting that took 11 lives.

The Vice President’s motorcade may halt traffic, and motorists could face rush hour delays as Harris makes her way across the county. For safety reasons, authorities do not publicize the vice presidential motorcade route. Visits by Harris frequently entail Westside road closures when she stays at her home in Brentwood.

Eleven people were shot and killed in the Monterey Park mass shooting Saturday, and the death toll from subsequent mass shootings in California quickly piled up to 24 this week.

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“California has been courageous as a leader on the issue of smart gun- safety laws, but we also need Congress to act,” she said, adding that the nation needs a “uniform approach” that protects 2nd Amendment rights but includes “reasonable” gun laws.

Harris follows Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was in a Los Angeles County hospital visiting with victims’ families when news of another shooting in Half Moon Bay broke Monday night.

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President Joe Biden also acknowledged the tragedies and said he has been having discussions with local officials including county Supervisor Hilda Solis and Rep. Judy Chu, D-Claremont, in addition to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“We’re working out a number of things that we can and are going to be doing,” he said.

The families of victims Mymy Nhan, 65; Valentino Marcos Alvero, 68; Lilan Li, 63; and Xiujuan Yu, 57, Ming Wei Ma, 72; Muoi Dai Ung, 67; Hongying Jian, 62; Yu Lun Kao, 72; Chia Ling Yau, 76; Wen Tau Yu, 64; and Diana Man Ling Tom, 70 are forever changed this week.

A vigil — the third in three nights in the city — was also being held Wednesday night outside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, 122 W. Garvey Ave. The vigil was organized by the group Compassion in SGV, and follows vigils on Monday and Tuesday nights outside Monterey Park City Hall.

Meanwhile, investigators continued pouring over evidence as they tried to determine what led a 72-year-old man to gun down 11 people and wound nine others Saturday night in the deadliest mass shooting in Los Angeles County history.

The gunman, identified by Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna as 72- year-old Huu Can Tran, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white van that was stopped by Torrance police Sunday afternoon. A handgun was recovered from the van, along with other potential evidence linking him to the killings at the dance studio, Luna said.

But the mystery remained about what drove Tran to open fire inside the dance studio after a day of celebration in Monterey Park for the Lunar New Year.

Luna said Monday investigators still have not determined a motive for the shooting.

“We want to know as much as all of you, and we are working very hard to obtain that,” he said.
There were some initial reports, citing law enforcement sources, that the man had been looking for his wife or partner at the studio. But a longtime acquaintance of the suspect told KNX Newsradio that the man was known for his temper, suggesting he may have acted out against specific people with whom he had lingering personal grudges.

Some media reports also suggested the gunman was targeting specific people, possibly explaining why he went to a second dance studio in Alhambra after the initial shooting, searching for more people he wanted to target.

Police in the Riverside County community of Hemet, where Tran lived, said Monday that he went to the Hemet Police Department twice in early January “alleging past fraud, theft, and poisoning allegations involving his family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago. Tran stated he would return to the station with documentation regarding his allegations but never returned.”

Investigators searched Tran’s Hemet home Sunday night. Luna said among the items found at the home were a .308-caliber rifle, hundreds of rounds of .308-caliber and 9mm ammunition and “items that lead us to believe the suspect was manufacturing homemade firearm suppressors,” or silencers.

Luna said investigators recovered 42 shell casings inside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, indicating the number of shots that were fired at the scene of the massacre that occurred at 10:22 p.m. Saturday. A large-capacity magazine was also recovered.

The sheriff confirmed that one of the victims — possibly Nhan — was shot outside the dance studio and was found inside a vehicle. Luna said that person was likely shot before the suspect went into the studio.

Luna described the weapon used in the killings as a “magazine-fed semi-automatic assault pistol.”

About 17 minutes after the Monterey Park attack, Tran entered the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in the 100 block of South Garfield Avenue in neighboring Alhambra.

Luna speculated that Tran was going to try to kill more people there, but 26-year-old employee Brandon Tsay, whose family runs the studio, confronted Tran and wrestled away his gun, prompting him to leave.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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