As mourners had been gathering Monday night for a candlelight vigil in Monterey Park for 11 individuals killed by a gunman at a dance studio, phrase unfold of one other mass capturing in Half Moon Bay.
Siu Fong, a Monterey Park retiree who volunteers on the Langley Senior Middle, knew two of the victims of that capturing. With one other spasm of violence lower than two days later, she was left questioning: What is occurring?
“I would say there needs to be a little bit more gun control,” she stated. “Of course, a lot of people say they need guns to protect themselves, but the thing is, maybe they need stronger background checks. I don’t want people going to gun shops to get guns.”
California is reeling from three mass shootings carried out in a single week.
Six individuals had been discovered fatally shot inside a home in Goshen, Calif., on Jan. 16 in a case police consider might be tied to organized crime.
On Saturday night time, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran walked into the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park and opened hearth, killing 11. He then went to a second dance membership in Alhambra however was disarmed. Police suppose jealously over a private dispute may need been the motive within the assault however emphasize that the investigation is continuous.
Tran carried a 9-millimeter MAC-10 when he walked into the Monterey Park dance corridor about 10:20 p.m. Saturday and commenced spraying bullets as frightened patrons ducked for canopy. Authorities recovered not less than 42 spent shell casings from the scene.
Then Monday afternoon, seven extra individuals had been killed in two shootings in Half Moon Bay that authorities say are linked. A 67-year-old man is suspected of opening hearth at two rural farms a couple of mile aside, capturing among the victims in entrance of kids who lived close by and had just lately been launched from college.
The capturing suspect, recognized as Chunli Zhao, was believed to work at one of many farms. Police haven’t revealed a motive in these shootings.
“Tragedy upon tragedy,” Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was visiting Monterey Park on Monday, stated of the 2 assaults.
California has among the strictest gun legal guidelines within the nation, and there was discuss of much more restrictions within the wake of the newest violence.
Knowledge counsel the principles have made a distinction. As The Times reported final 12 months, in 2005, California had almost the same rate of deaths from guns as Florida or Texas, with California reporting 9.5 firearms deaths per 100,000 those who 12 months, Florida reporting 10 and Texas 11, in keeping with knowledge from the Nationwide Middle for Well being Statistics. Since then, California repeatedly has tightened its gun laws, whereas Florida and Texas have moved in the other way.
Nonetheless, the persevering with mass killings have many trying to find solutions.
“This is tragic on multiple levels,” San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa stated. Noting that the victims within the Half Moon Bay shootings had been Chinese language farmworkers, he stated it was “horrific that it’s a Lunar New Year [and] you have people massacred both in Monterey Park and in the Half Moon Bay area. We should be celebrating, but instead we find ourselves — because of gun violence — burying innocent people.”
Some are calling for tighter gun legal guidelines.
“We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay. The scourge of gun violence has sadly hit home,” San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine stated in a statement.
“We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop. The state of California has among the strictest gun laws in the United States, which we have strengthened through local action here, but more must be done,” he stated. “The status quo cannot be tolerated.”
Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) lamented the size of violence to hit California in such a short while.
“Two hours ago, I joined my colleagues on the Capitol steps for a vigil for the victims of the shooting in Monterey Park,” he stated on Twitter. “Before we’ve even had a chance to mourn them, there is yet another mass shooting — this time in Half Moon Bay. In my district.”
Chatting with reporters Monday earlier than the Half Moon Bay capturing made information, Newsom talked about what California has achieved on gun management.
“The success is demonstrable. It’s overwhelming, that our gun safety laws save lives. And you see leadership here back in 1967, when the modern gun rights movement was launched, then by Ronald Reagan, you saw it with the assault weapons ban in California 1989, led again by California senator in 1994. California will continue to lead red flag laws, background checks, waiting periods across the spectrum,” he stated.
However the governor famous that individuals who wish to keep away from California gun legal guidelines can merely go to a state with lesser rules, purchase weapons and produce them again.
It stays unclear how the weapons used within the three newest mass shootings had been acquired.
On the memorial in Monterey Park, many stated they got here to honor the victims and switch to others for consolation.
“There’s something about being with others who feel just as sad as you do,” stated Enrique Hernandez, who had arrived on a bicycle. “You don’t feel so alone.”
When he heard concerning the Half Moon Bay shootings, he added: “Too much bloodshed.”