MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – Beautiful surveillance video has emerged displaying the heroic efforts of a dance corridor employee who disarmed the Monterey Park killer within the close by metropolis of Alhambra about 20 minutes after his rampage.
The demise toll has risen to 11 within the assault Saturday evening on the Star Ballroom Dance Studio. About 20 minutes later, the killer strode into the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in close by Alhambra, armed with a magazine-fed, semiautomatic assault pistol
Video obtained by CNN reveals the killer coming into a small room on the Lai Lai. Brandon Tsay, 26, whose household runs the dance corridor, is then seen strolling towards the gunman, arms outstretched, and strikes rapidly towards the killer, pushing him out the doorway and right into a foyer space.
“I’m going to die. This is it. This is the end for me,” Tsay recalled considering when he first noticed the gunman. “But then something happened. Something came over me.”
Video from a digital camera within the room the boys then enter reveals Tsay ripping the gun from the gunman’s palms. That video, obtained by NBC News, reveals the gunman persevering with to wrestle Tsay, punching him and grabbing a water bottle and hitting Tsay with it.
“I threatened him that I would shoot,” Tsay informed CNN. “I thought I would have to kill him. That I would have to shoot a person.”
However the killer walked out the door. He was discovered lifeless of a self-inflicted gunshot wound the following day.
Authorities have been pressed to clarify why it took 5 hours after Saturday’s carnage to alert the general public that the killer was on the free. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna stated Monday that his division was “strategic” in its resolution to launch data however that he would overview what occurred. The capturing happened late Saturday evening, and the division reported a number of hours later that the unknown assailant was at giant.
At 2:49 a.m., greater than 4 hours after the preliminary 911 calls, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Data Bureau issued a information advisory confirming fatalities and that the suspect was male, however there was no point out of the standing of the investigation. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., greater than 5 hours after the capturing, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Andrew Meyer held a briefing and stated the demise toll was 10 and that “the suspect fled the scene and remains outstanding.”
“When we started putting out public information, the priority was to get this person into custody,” Luna stated. “Ultimately it worked. We will go back and look at it as we always do.”
Luna said his department would evaluate how it handled the release of information.
“Nobody is as critical as ourselves as to what worked and specifically what didn’t work,” he said.
Brian Higgins, an adjunct professor at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former police chief in Bergen County, New Jersey, told the Associated Press that an alert should have gone out right away.
“What took so long?” Higgins stated. “Maybe they didn’t have a good handle on what they had. But if they didn’t know, they should have erred on the side of caution and put this out.”
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Thomas Wong, a longtime Monterey Park council member, said he is navigating bouts of shock and relief. The shock comes from knowing that his hometown suffered the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since a deadly school attack in Uvalde, Texas, in May. The relief comes from knowing the suspected killer in Monterey Park can no longer hurt anyone.
“We see (mass shootings) proliferate in different elements of the nation, however you by no means count on it to occur in your individual yard,” Wong said Monday in between consoling fellow residents. “To begin off the yr like that is an unimaginable tragedy.” Read more here.
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One of the four people being treated at the LA County-USC Medical Center died Monday of gunshot wounds, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services said Monday. A department news release said another of the wounded patients was in serious condition and the other two were recovering.
Authorities said the initial death count from Saturday night’s attack at a dance studio was 10, and at least 10 were injured. Most of the victims were age 60 or older. The body of the shooter was later found in a van parked about 30 miles away in Torrance.
At 10:22 pm local time Saturday, police received 911 calls about an active shooter at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Garvey Street, the main drag in Monterey Park. Police arrive within three minutes and find chaos as patrons fled the studio. They discover dead and wounded people inside.
At 12:52 pm Sunday, the county sheriff’s SWAT team clears the van. They find “the suspect sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced lifeless on the scene,” Luna says.
A timeline from the first call to that announcement is here.
Authorities continued looking for clues about Tran’s motive, which remained unclear. “We all want answers to questions that we may never have answers to,” Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese stated. “That’s form of the enigma of this.”
Contributing: Orlando Mayorquin and Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY; The Related Press