Two of the 10 victims slain in California’s ballroom bloodbath were identified Monday, as authorities revealed all of the people killed were over age 50.
My Nhan, 65, and Lilan Li, 63, were among the women murdered in the Monterey Park massacre by Huu Can Tran, who later killed himself in a dramatic standoff with police in nearby Torrance.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said the other unnamed victims include a woman in her 50s, two women in their 60s, two men in the 60s and three men in the 70s.
Tran, 72, acted alone when he opened fire at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio late Saturday with a semi-automatic pistol, killing 10 and wounding at least 10 others, police said. He then stormed another dance hall Lai Lai but was disarmed by a hero civilian before he could inflict further damage.
The shooter’s motive has not been officially confirmed, but a local law-enforcement source told LA Magazine that he was “looking for his wife” and that it increasingly appears the slaughter was domestic-violence-related.
Records show Tran, who immigrated from China, filed for divorce from his wife in 2005. The ex-wife told CNN the pair met at Star Ballroom, where Tran was a regular.
She also said her ex-husband was “hostile to a lot of people there,” complained the instructors didn’t like him and said “evil things about him.”
The shooting occurred in Monterey Park, a majority Asian-American city of 60,000 that was hosting its annual Lunar New Year Celebration when the mass shooting occurred.