California mass shooting: Man shoots himself in van linked to Lunar New Year massacre: sources

A man found inside a white van linked to a Lunar New Year massacre that left 10 people dead and 10 others injured in Southern California was found dead Sunday afternoon after what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Law enforcement sources told Fox News that the man shot himself and died following a standoff with a “barricaded suspect” in a van in Torrance, located roughly 30 miles southwest of Monterey Park, where Saturday’s shooting unfolded.

A van is surrounded by SWAT personnel in Torrance Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. A mass shooting took place at a dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration, setting off a manhunt for the suspect. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

No additional details were immediately available.

“I want to address also that there is a tactical incident that’s occurring in the city of Torrance,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said during an earlier press briefing. “People have asked is that your suspect? We don’t know.”

“It’s a barricaded suspect situation. We are working with one of our partner agencies, the Torrance Police Department, to resolve that. We believe there is a person inside of that vehicle.”

These photos show the suspected Monterey Park mass shooter.
(LASD)

Luna said that police are working to resolve the barricaded suspect situation in the “safest manner” and that the suspected person inside the van could “possibly” be the mass shooting suspect.

Local reports later Sunday stated that a body was reportedly found inside the van.

“A body has been found inside the white van that allegedly belonged to the Monterey Park mass shooting suspect,” Bryan Hernandez, a producer with News Channel 3-12, reported on Twitter.

Officials confirmed that 10 people were killed and at least 10 other people were injured and taken to local hospitals after a man opened fire on people shortly after festivities for the Lunar New Year wrapped up in the city. The shooting was carried out on West Garvey Avenue at about 10:22 p.m., according to authorities.

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The victims include five men and five women and were all “probably” of Asian descent, according to Luna.

Monterey Park is located about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles and has about a 65% Asian-American population, the L.A. Times reported. Authorities described the suspect earlier Sunday as an Asian male between the ages of 30 and 50, they but did not release additional information or a potential motive for the shooting.

The sheriff’s office released the first photos of the suspect on Sunday, showing a man who stands at about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He was wearing a hat, glasses and a winter coat in the photos released by authorities. They said they were withholding the suspect’s name.

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A police officer gets out of his vehicle near a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park, California, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. A mass shooting took place at the dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration, setting off a manhunt for the suspect.
(AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

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A police vehicle is seen near the scene where a shooting took place in Monterey Park, California, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Dozens of police officers responded to reports of a shooting that occurred after a large Lunar New Year celebration had ended in a community east of Los Angeles late Saturday.
(AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

The suspect fled the scene following the shooting.