Police found the Monterey Park attacker dead in a van in Los Angeles

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The subject, who has not yet been identified, killed 10 people at a nightclub on Saturday night during celebrations

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Police found the Monterey Park attacker dead in a van in Los Angeles

Members of the police gather outside the scene of a shooting that took place during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, in Monterey Park, California, U.S., January 22, 2023 (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

The US Police confirmed this Sunday that the lifeless body found inside the van cornered by law enforcement is that of the alleged perpetrator of the shooting that this Saturday killed ten people and injured ten others in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles.

The vehicle matched the statements of some witnesses and When the agents approached to contact the occupant, they heard a shot coming from inside the car. The driver had shot himself, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna.

The shooting occurred around 10:22 p.m. local time on Saturday (06:22 GMT today, Sunday) in a dance hall in Monterey Park, about eight miles east of Los Angeles.

Police found the Monterey Park shooter dead in a van in Los Angeles

Luna said at a press conference that when officers arrived at the scene they declared ten people dead. Another ten injured people were transferred to different hospitals in the area, some of them in critical condition.

Five of the fatalities were men and the other ten women.

< p class="paragraph">US President Joe Biden ordered on Sunday that Flags on public buildings across the country will fly at half mast until January 26 to honor the victims of the California shooting that left 10 dead.

This order by the president is “a sign of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on January 21, 2023 in Monterey Park, California,” said a White House statement.< /p>The US Police indicated this Sunday that it has located a possible suspect in the mass shooting the day before in the town of Monterey Park, near Los Angeles, where ten people died and another ten were injured.

Authorities still cannot determine whether it was a “hate crime”: “Everything is on the table. We don't know if this is specifically a hate crime defined by law, but who walks into a dance hall and shoots 20 people?”

Another variable being studied is whether the attack is related to an incident that occurred some 20 minutes later in the neighboring suburb of Alhambra, north of Monterey Park, also in a dance hall and in the that those present managed to disarm the assailant, who fled without firing.

Police found the Monterey Park attacker dead in a van in Los Angeles

Three still images from surveillance video of a suspicious Asian man appear in a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bulletin, following the mass shooting during a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California, U.S., 22 February. January 2023. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department/Handout via REUTERS

This Sunday In Monterey Park, where according to official data 65.5% of the residents are of Asian origin, thousands of people had gathered hours before to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The festival was scheduled to continue, but has been cancelled.

“Let everyone be clear that our Police Department will continue to protect the safety of those who live in Monterey Park every day ”, added the mayor, Henry Lo, in that joint intervention before the media.

Shooting in Los Angeles

This is the fifth mass shooting in the United States this month and the deadliest since 21 people were killed at a Uvalde, Texas, school, according to The Associated Press/database. USA Today on mass murder in the United States. The latest violence comes two months after five people were killed in a Colorado Springs nightclub.

Gun violence is a huge problem in America , which last year recorded 647 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive website, defined as an incident with four or more people shot or killed, not including the shooter.

More than 44,000 people died from gunshot wounds in 2022, of which more than half were suicides.

The country has more guns than people: one in three adults owns at least a weapon and almost one in two adults lives in a home where there is a weapon.

(With information from EFE)

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