A man writes a note on one of 11 crosses displayed for victims of the January 21 shooting outside City Hall in Monterey Park, California, on January 24, 2023. In between, a makeshift memorial decorated with flowers, candles and balloons.
At least 18 people were killed in two shootings in California within 48 hours. It took place Saturday at a dance hall outside Los Angeles and Monday at a farm near San Francisco. Both had common Asian origins for most of the victims and his two assailants.
U.S. President Joe Biden expressed anger and called for “expedited” passage of a bill that would increase access to assault rifles after ordering flags to be flown at half-staff on Sunday.
“The scourge of gun violence in America requires stronger action,” Biden said.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, who visited Monterey Park on Monday, criticized the uncontrolled proliferation of firearms in the United States.
“It’s a shame,” criticized the Democrat. “We should do better than this, we should lead the world, and not just send our prayers and condolences over and over again in response to these myriad crises. ”
“I’m meeting with a shooting victim in a hospital when they pull me aside to inform me of another shooting, this time at Half Moon Bay, tragedy after tragedy,” Newsom said. lamented on Twitter.
farm and dance
Monday’s murder in Half Moon Bay, just 25 miles (25 miles) from San Francisco, occurred on two farms.
Seven of the victims were Chinese farm workers, and an eighth was seriously injured, according to US media.
The suspect, Chunli Zhao, a 67-year-old man, was taken into custody, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said, adding that a semi-automatic pistol was found in his car. Corpus also noted that he worked on one of his two farms.
The tragedy occurred less than 48 hours after a man opened fire Saturday night at the Star Ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, 600 kilometers south.
The attackers fired 42 shots, killing 11 men and women over the age of 50.
After the massacre in which nine people were wounded, 72-year-old gunman Hu Can Tran attempted to continue his murder at another nearby dance hall, but was disarmed and killed himself in a truck before fleeing after being surrounded by police. bottom.
Police were also busy Tuesday trying to determine the motive behind the attacker.
“We don’t have a motive yet,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna admitted Monday at a press conference following the Monterey Park ballroom incident.
According to the Los Angeles Times, citing law enforcement sources, investigators are now investigating the killer’s connection to the two ballrooms.
White House spokeswoman Carine Jean-Pierre said late Monday that the president had been briefed on the Half Moon Bay shooting and said, “We have asked federal law enforcement agencies to provide necessary assistance to the authorities. I did,’ he said.
Given that most of the victims of the two murders were from Asia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs China said it has activated a consular protection system at its consulates in the United States.
It also urged citizens to pay extra attention to local conditions and exercise extra vigilance, especially by avoiding going to gathering places, according to a post sent on Tuesday through Chinese social network WeChat.
About 49,000 people were shot dead in the United States in 2021, up from 45,000 in 2020, which was already a record year. This means he has more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides.
But it is the mass shootings that stand out most, demonstrating the ideological divide that divides conservatives and progressives over the question of how to prevent such tragedies.
The recent history of the United States has been plagued with murder, and from businesses to churches, supermarkets to nightclubs, public highways to public transportation, there have been places where life seemed unsafe.