A man suspected of carrying out two new attacks at two farms near San Francisco is in custody, authorities said.
Seven of the victims were Chinese farm workers and an eighth was seriously injured, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.
The tragedy came less than 48 hours after a man fired 42 rounds into the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, 600km south, on Saturday evening, killing 11 men and women in their 50s.
After the massacre, which left nine people injured, the shooter, Hu Can Tran, 72, tried to continue his murderous evening at another dance hall not far away, but was disarmed there and then fled and killed himself in his van. by the police.
Many of these questionable gray areas remained on Monday. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna, his criminal record only lists a 1994 arrest for illegal possession of a firearm.
“We don’t have a motive yet,” the sheriff admitted at a news conference.
Investigators are currently looking into the killer’s connections between the two dance halls, particularly the relationship he had there, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing police sources.
On Sunday, a local businessman had already mentioned to AFP a trace of possible jealousy to explain the massacre.
“The wife was invited to the party, but the husband couldn’t,” said Chester Chong, an acquaintance of the dance instructor. “And the husband may be angry and jealous.”
“The Boy Without History”
Many residents were in despair on Monday in this city of 60,000 souls near Los Angeles, with an Asian majority and known for its peace.
Hu Can Tran immigrated to the United States from China and his ex-wife told CNN that they met at the same star ballroom dance studio two decades ago.
The couple quickly married, but the union did not last. He was not violent towards her, but sometimes if he felt insulted, for example if she missed a dance step, he lost his temper.
According to a former friend interviewed by the American channel, the killer diligently frequented the dance floor, although he was “hostile to many people”, whom he accused of “bad things about him”.
His mobile home in Hemet, about 140 km east of Los Angeles, was searched on Sunday, according to the press.
President Joe Biden expressed his anger and ordered federal flags lowered to half-staff.
Visiting Monterey Park on Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom slammed the uncontrolled proliferation of guns in the United States.
“It’s a shame,” the Democrat blasted. “We need to do better than that, not only respond to these myriad crises, but we need to lead the world without repeating those poor prayers and condolences.”
About 49,000 people will die from gunshots in the US in 2021, and 45,000 in 2020, already a record year. This represents more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides.
The Los Angeles medical examiner identified four of the victims as: Mai Nan, 65, Valentino Alvero, 68, Xiujuan Yu, 57, and Lilan Li, 63.
“We enter the Lunar New Year with broken hearts. We never imagined that she would die so suddenly,” Mai Nan’s family said on social media.
Died Sunday in Torrance, about 45km from Monterey Park, Hu Can Tran might have caused more casualties but for the heroism of an employee at an establishment not far from where he intended to carry out his massacre.
Brandon Tsai, 26, told the New York Times that “my heart stopped” when the killer aimed his weapon. “At that point, survival instinct” took over, and he successfully pounced on the individual, preventing further carnage.
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