Monterey Park suspect may have been targeting his ex-wife in the mass shooting, mayor says

Eleven people were killed and another 9 were injured when a gunman opened fire at a dance hall as residents gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations.

Pastor Abner Ramos pays his respects at a gathering to honor the victims killed in Saturday's ballroom dance studio shooting in Monterey Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. A gunman killed multiple people at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio late Saturday amid Lunar New Years celebrations in the predominantly Asian American community. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The gunman behind the deadly dance hall shooting in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park may have been targeting his ex-wife on the Lunar New Year, the California city’s mayor said Monday.

That revelation came as the death toll from Saturday’s shooting climbed to 11, with at least nine wounded people still being treated for their injuries, officials said.

Huu Can Tran, the 72-year-old suspected shooter, apparently thought his ex-wife was at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio when he burst inside and opened fire on a festive crowd, police said.

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