Investigators have yet to find a possible link between the suspect in the Monterey Park, California, shooting and the 11 people who died.authorities said Wednesday.
Investigators have not been able to “establish a connection between the suspect or any of the victims at this time,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna told reporters at a news conference Wednesday night.
The suspect, Huu Can Tran, 72, was not married and investigators have not been able to “romantically link him to any of the victims so far,” Luna said.
Luna also revealed that detectives do not believe Tran has been in the dance studio where Saturday’s shooting occurred at any time in the past five years.
“Based on the statements we have, he hasn’t been there in five years,” Luna said.
Luna revealed that the previous Wednesday, Monterey Park police recovered a motorcycle, registered to Tran, about a block south of the crime scene, which investigators believe was parked there just before Saturday’s shooting.
“Investigators believe the suspect placed it there as an alternate getaway vehicle,” Luna said.
So far, authorities have recovered three firearms belonging to Tran, Luna said. The weapon recovered at the scene of the shooting, a Cobray semi-automatic assault pistol, was not registered, Luna said. Tran had purchased the Cobray in February 1999 at Monterey Park, Luna said.
The second weapon, found in Tran’s truck after he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a standoff Sunday in the nearby city of Torrance, was a registered handgun, Luna said, as was a rifle.in a search of Tran’s house.
Luna also confirmed that Tran’s only known criminal history consisted of a 1990 arrest for illegal possession of a firearm.
Eleven people were killed and nine others injured when a gunman opened fire inside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio Saturday night during a Lunar New Year celebration. The victims, who were between the ages of 57 and 76,. A vigil for the victims Tuesday night.