US media reports that the man suspected of being behind a shooting that killed at least ten people in California has been surrounded by police.
Several local media outlets broadcast live images from a helicopter of the suspected shooter who killed ten people in a town on the outskirts of Los Angeles on Saturday evening, surrounded by police on Sunday.
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In Torrance, south of Los Angeles, about 25 miles from the predominantly Asian city of Monterey Park, a white pickup truck believed to be the suspect was blocked in front and behind by armored police vehicles at the scene of the dance hall shooting. .
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna announced earlier that law enforcement has launched a manhunt to find the perpetrator of the attack, whose motive is still unknown.
The ten dead, five women and five men, have not yet been identified. “At least 10 victims have been taken to hospital,” he said, “and their condition ranges from stable to critical.” The sheriff added that the “very preliminary” description of the suspect at the time was “a male of Asian descent.” CCTV footage released by police to identify the suspect shows an Asian man wearing a beanie and glasses.
On the premises of the dance hall, sheriff’s officers were working on a crime scene early Sunday morning, the AFP journalist noted, and the neighborhood was cordoned off by a security perimeter. Nearby, above a row of red lights, a banner wished residents a “Happy Year of the Rabbit.”
“It’s really, really sad,” Ken Nim, an IT company worker who has lived in Monterey Park for more than two decades, told AFP as he walked his dog in the early hours of the morning. This residential suburb, which he calls “normally a place where not much happens.”
Investigators also tested information about a possible connection to an attempted shooting at another dance hall in nearby Alhambra that same evening. “An Asian suspect entered the dance hall with a gun, which was knocked out of his hands before he fled,” said Sheriff Robert Luna. The weapon found was not an assault rifle, he said.
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