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Lunar New Year mass shooting suspect identified as 72 year old man

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What was supposed to be a festive day celebrating the Lunar New Year ended in tragedy when 72 year old Huu Can Tran shot up the Star ballroom dance studio on Saturday, leaving ten people dead and ten more injured.

The events occurred at 10:20pm Saturday night. Authorities have no clear motive as to why Tran committed the mass shooting but the current suspicion according to reports is that his ex-wife may have been the possible target.

According to the LA Times, law enforcement said the Tran had shown to the Hemet police station and claimed that his family was trying to poison him.

Tran left the studio with intentions to shoot up a second ballroom, the Lai Lai ballroom & studio, but failed due to the heroism of two community members. The two community members confronted Tran and disarmed him, stopping him from committing a second shooting. Tran fled the scene before authorities arrived.

Tran used a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine according to reports. Victims at the scene told the LA Times that Tran came loaded with sufficient ammunition and was able to reload his gun after using a whole clip and continue firing rounds of bullets into the crowd.

At 10:20am the following morning authorities saw a white van flee the scene of the crime and followed. The officers got out of the patrol vehicle to make contact with the suspect and heard a gunshot come from the van.

At one in the afternoon SWAT was able to determine that Tran was dead from a self-inflicted gun wound.

According to reports Police Chief Scott Wiese said that the first officers to arrive to the scene were some of the newest and youngest officers on the force and that “none of them had prepared” for what they were about to see.

Law Enforcement is continuing to investigate what the motive was behind the massacre committed by Tran.

We will continue to follow the story and keep you updated.

 

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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