Police Conclude Standoff With ‘Barricaded Suspect’ Amid Search For L.A.-Area Shooter


Law enforcement responded Sunday to a “barricaded suspect” in a white van who may have been connected to a Saturday night mass shooting at a Los Angeles-area dance studio, L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna said—but police say it’s unclear if the person in the van was responsible for the shooting, which left 10 people dead the previous night.

Key Facts

Law enforcement engaged in a “tactical incident” in a parking lot in the city of Torrance, California, Luna said during a Sunday press conference, as images taken by local media showed SWAT vehicles surrounding a white van (Luna had previously described a white cargo van linked to the mass shooting as a “van of interest”).

The sheriff’s department tweeted later Sunday that the SWAT operation in Torrance was over, adding: “Neighborhood safe.”

Law enforcement does not know the barricaded person’s condition or identity, Luna said, adding “could it be our suspect? possibly.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released photos of an unnamed shooting suspect—an Asian man dressed in a knit hat and glasses—and asked the public for tips regarding his whereabouts, warning he “should be considered armed and dangerous.”

The incident—the deadliest mass shooting so far this year—took place around 10.30 pm local time on Saturday at Star Dance Studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, which is located about 20 miles northeast of Torrance.

Ten people were killed and at least 10 other people were taken to local hospitals for treatment, including some who are in critical condition, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Andrew Meyer told reporters early Sunday morning.

In a second incident that police believe could be connected to the first, Luna said an Asian male walked into another dance club in nearby Alhambra with a gun, before patrons wrestled it from his hands and he fled the scene.

The shooter was not using a “a high-powered assault rifle,” Luna said, while a witness told the Los Angeles Times the gunman was using a “long gun” and appeared to be firing “indiscriminately.”

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Big Number

2,539. That is the total number of people who have been killed by guns across the U.S. so far in 2023, including from homicides, suicides, unintentional deaths and other causes, according to the Gun Violence Archive. These include 33 incidents of mass shootings this year, which the Gun Violence Archive defines as an incident where four or more people were killed or injured, not including the shooter.


The incident has rocked members of Monterey Park’s large Asian American community, many of whom were planning to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on Sunday. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis noted that this was slated to be the city’s first Lunar New Year celebration in three years, after the event had to be postponed in the past two years due to Covid.

Crucial Quote

In a statement issued on Twitter, California Governor Gavin Newsom said: “Monterey Park should have had a night of joyful celebration of the Lunar New Year. Instead, they were the victims of a horrific and heartless act of gun violence. Our hearts mourn as we learn more about the devastating acts of last night. We are monitoring the situation closely.”

Further Reading

10 people killed, 10 injured in mass shooting at Monterey Park dance studio (Los Angeles Times)

LA mass shooting suspect kills 10 near Lunar New Year fest (Associated Press)

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2023/01/22/monterey-park-mass-shooting-police-conclude-standoff-with-barricaded-suspect-amid-search-for-la-area-shooter/