Possible suspect in L.A. mass shooting found dead in van, sources say

LOS ANGELES — The suspect in Saturday night's Lunar New Year mass shooting in Southern California was identified Sunday after he appeared to have died from a self-inflicted

gunshot wound, authorities said. "The suspect in that tragedy is no longer with us," Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said. "He is no longer a threat." Luna

named the man as Huu Can Tran, 72. The question why, however, in the attack that killed 10 people and injured 10 others at a Monterey Park dance hall, remained. "We still

are not clear on a motive," Luna said at an early evening news conference Sunday. "We want to know." Earlier, sources familiar with the investigation said the person in a

white van subjected to a traffic stop in the coastal city of Torrance, about 30 miles from the violence, fit the description of a person seen at crime scenes in Monterey Park and

adjacent Alhambra. Luna said authorities believe the deceased person is indeed the suspect seen at both locations. Authorities, including SWAT officers, surrounded and

then breached the van, where the person was found dead in the early afternoon, Luna said. The vehicle had plates "that didn't belong on the vehicle," he said. A search of

the van turned up "several pieces of evidence" that linked the suspect to the crime scenes in neighboring San Gabriel Valley cities, Luna said. A handgun was also found in the

van, he said. Monterey Park police officers first responded to a dance hall, identified in government records as Star Ballroom Dance, after reports of a shooting came in at

10:22 p.m. Saturday, Luna said. People were rushing out of the hall as officers went into the business.