Police hail ‘heroes’ who battled Monterey park shooter before second attack

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff on Sunday praised two “heroes” who snatched an “assault rifle” from a mass shooter in a second planned attack after he just killed 10 people Saturday night at a Monterey Park Ballroom venue.

He was about to open fire on a dance studio in the Alhambra when he was “disarmed by two community members whom I consider heroes for saving lives. It could have been much worse,” Sheriff Robert Luna told a news conference (see below). Luna has not identified them.

Democratic Senator Susan Rubio also praised the Good Samaritans who “approached” the shooter because “we would be here with a lot more tragedy.”

The shooter has been identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, who, according to authorities, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a white van in a parking lot as police closed on Sunday.

The confrontation at the Alhambra occurred “within 20 to 30 minutes” of the Monterey Park mass shooting when Tran entered “with the intent to kill more people,” Luna said.

The Good Samaritans managed to seize Tran’s “magazine-fed semi-automatic assault pistol,” which had an “expanded, high-capacity magazine,” according to Luna.

Tran then fled, leaving clues that eventually led police to him, Luna said.

An investigation is underway. Police have yet to determine a motive, Luna said.

Watch the press conference here:

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