President Joe Biden said full federal support would be mobilised to investigate the Monterey Park shooting as the nation continues “searching for answers”.
In a statement, he noted that the Asian-American and Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders Community was hit hard by the shooting as many celebrated the Lunar New Year, which fell on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
Monterey Park has a population of about 60,000 with 65 percent of them being Asians.
President Biden said while there is still much the authorities don’t know yet, they however know that families are grieving, or praying that their loved one will recover from their wounds, adding that the people killed and injured in the attack are in his and his wife Jill’s thoughts.
Police identify California Gunman
Meanwhile, Police have identified the suspected gunman who killed ten people in the US as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran and confirmed he shot and killed himself inside a white van officers earlier surrounded.
There are no other suspects and police say Detectives are yet to determine a motive for the attack, but are probing Tran’s mental and criminal history It’s not yet clear how many guns were used in the shooting, but police have seized a semi-automatic pistol and a handgun.
One of the weapons located may not be legal to own in California, but more investigation is needed. According to Police, Seven of the 10 people who were injured in the shooting are still in hospital.
Police earlier confirmed 10 people died, but say they believe Tran intended to kill more The age of the victims is still being confirmed, but most appear to be aged over 50.