Calif. suspects had an oddity in common: They were both senior citizens

The gunman who killed 11 people in Monterey Park, Calif., on Saturday and the man suspected of killing seven people in the Half Moon Bay area on Monday are among the oldest

suspected mass shooters in U.S. history. Huu Can Tran, the Monterey Park gunman, was 72. Authorities arrested 66-year-old Zhao Chunli for Monday’s deadly shootings at two

farms. The age of the shooters makes them extreme outliers, said Jaclyn Schildkraut, interim executive director of the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium at the

Rockefeller Institute of Government. “In general, elder individuals are more likely to become the victims of crime than to become the perpetrators of crime,” Schildkraut said.

That was the case in Monterey Park as well, where the victims — who had gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year at a popular dance studio — were in their 50s, 60s and

70s. Tran shot and killed himself inside a vehicle following a police manhunt. His motive is not known. Monterey Park shooting victims include ‘loving aunt’ and joyful

dancer Two days later, authorities allege that Zhao targeted his own workplace, first killing four people at Mountain Mushroom Farm. A database of mass killings from

2006 to 2023 maintained by the Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that about only 7 percent of shooters are over the age of 50, while more than 20

percent of victims are 50 or older. The average age of a shooter was 32.7, according to a Post data analysis, and nearly half were under 30. Workplace grievances skew

significantly older than any other type of mass killing, with assailants’ average age over 44.