11 Dead, 10 Injured in Monterey Park Mass Shooting; Heroism of Brandon Tsay Reminds Us to Take Action
Monterey Park Mass Shooting Leaves 11 Dead, Injures 10; Suspect Identified
On Sunday, Jan 22, Huu Can Tran, 72, allegedly opened fire at a Monterey Park dance hall, killing 11 people and injuring 10 others. The suspect was found dead in a white cargo van after an hours-long standoff with law enforcement authorities in Torrance, California.
Footage of the incident shows Tsay, 26, tussling with Tran as the two wrestle over the weapon. A physical altercation ensues, and Tsay is able to wrest the gun out of the man's grasp. Tsay was able to create some distance, point the gun at the man, and shout: “Get the hell out here. I’ll shoot! Get away. Go!”
The weapon found at the dance hall was a “semi-automatic assault pistol” with an extended large-capacity magazine attached, which is illegal in California. Local officials praised Tsay’s courage and heroism, noting that the situation could have been much worse if he had not intervened. Tran’s ex-wife told NBC News that he had lost interest in her, something her sister also reportedly confirmed.
The mass shooting in Monterey Park is the deadliest in the U.S. since a gunman killed 21 individuals in Uvalde, Tx. By May 2022. Tragically, gun violence continues to be a major issue in the United States, with more than 2,500 deaths as a result of gun violence in 2023 alone. The bravery of Brandon Tsay serves as a reminder that we can all take action to help protect each other and make our communities safer.
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