California: Police provide update on Monterey Park shooting, identify weapons used in Lunar New Year assault


California authorities have provided an update on the weapons used in the Monterey Park mass shooting, where a gunman fired into a crowd of people at a dance studio during Lunar New Year celebrations on Saturday night, killing 12 dead and several others injured.

At a press conference Wednesday night, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said two weapons recovered near the Star Dance Ballroom Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., included a MAC-10 semi-automatic 9mm Cobray Company and a Norinco 7.62x25mm pistol.

The MAC-10 weapon was the main weapon used to carry out the shooting, as 72-year-old suspect Huu Can Tran reportedly stood at the door and fired 42 rounds, killing 11 people.

The weapon also had a modification to its trigger, although it is unclear if the weapon was modified to be fully automatic. It is tested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Luna said.

11 MONTEREY PARK, CALIFORNIA, SHOOTING VICTIMS IDENTIFIED BY CORONER

FBI agents walk near a scene where a shooting took place in Monterey Park, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A photo of the weapon shown at the press conference appeared to show a silencer or suppressor attached to its barrel. The attachment appeared to have a rag or other material wrapped around the barrel.

It is generally illegal to own a MAC-10 in California, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States, particularly on “assault weapons”. However, a Californian is allowed to legally own a gun which is then prohibited.

Luna did not say when the gun was obtained or whether its possession was illegal.

The sheriff also said the gun had a 30-round magazine and that the shooter had swapped magazines at some point during his assault. Large-capacity magazines, defined by California law as anything that holds more than 10 rounds, are illegal in the state.

This combo image created from photos provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows a male suspect who was allegedly involved in a shooting Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, Calif.

This combo image created from photos provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a male suspect who was allegedly involved in a shooting Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, Calif.
(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

The police tape wraps up the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., on Sunday, January 22.

The police tape wraps up the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., on Sunday, January 22.
(AP/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna at the podium briefs the media outside the Civic Center in Monterey Park, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna at the podium briefs the media outside the Civic Center in Monterey Park, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.
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A magazine swap over the gun can happen in seconds, a California state firearms expert told Fox News Digital.

A resident can, as a prohibited weapon, legally keep in their possession any high-capacity magazine if it was obtained before Jan. 1, 2000, Reuters reported.

FIRST VICTIMS IDENTIFIED AFTER MONTEREY PARK, CALIFORNIA, MASS SHOOTING

After his assault, police said the gunman fled the ballroom and used the Norinco, which was duly registered, to kill himself.

Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said police have video from inside the dance studio, but its graphic content will not be released at this time.

Investigators also obtained a warrant for the suspect’s home, where they found a Savage Arms .308 caliber bolt-action rifle and hundreds of rounds.

Yolanda Gallegos, 72, prays for the victims killed in a shooting outside Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., on Monday, January 23.

Yolanda Gallegos, 72, prays for the victims killed in a shooting outside Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., on Monday, January 23.
(AP/Jae C. Hong)

A woman writes a message on a wooden heart that displays the name of a victim during a vigil outside Monterey Park City Hall, a few blocks from the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, Tuesday, 24 January 2023, in Monterey Park, California.

A woman writes a message on a wooden heart that displays the name of a victim during a vigil outside Monterey Park City Hall, a few blocks from the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, Tuesday, 24 January 2023, in Monterey Park, California.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

A family gathers at a memorial outside Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Monterey Park, Calif. A gunman killed several people at the ballroom dance studio on Saturday night amid Lunar New Year celebrations in the predominantly Asian American community.

A family gathers at a memorial outside Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Monterey Park, Calif. A gunman killed several people at the ballroom dance studio on Saturday night amid Lunar New Year celebrations in the predominantly Asian American community.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The rifle is considered a hunting sport rifle and is legal in the state. Plenty of ammo is also legal and is common throughout California.

During the press conference, Luna said the alleged shooter had not been to the Star Ballroom in the past five years and any connection to the victims was not immediately clear.

The suspect was arrested in 1997 for unlawful possession of a firearm, Luna said. He is Vietnamese and previously lived in China and Hong Kong. A motorcycle was also placed at the scene by the suspected shooter at some point before the shooting. Police believe it may have been staged as an escape vehicle.

A police cruiser is seen near the scene of a deadly shooting on January 22, 2023 in Monterey Park, California.

A police cruiser is seen near the scene of a deadly shooting on January 22, 2023 in Monterey Park, California.
(Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images)

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The victims who were killed on Saturday evening have been identified as Valentino Alvero, 68, Hong Jian, 62, Yu Kao, 72, Lilian Li, 63, Ming Wei Ma, 72, My Nhan, 65, Diana Tom, 72, Muoi Ung, 67, Chia Yau, 76, Wen Yu, 64, and Xiujuan Yu, 57.

The U.S. Constitution recognizes the fundamental right of Americans to own firearms, and the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld this right.


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