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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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DHS protects ‘privacy’ of migrants on terror watchlist

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin filed a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the nationalities of individuals on the terror watchlist who entered the United States illegally. No more identifying information such as their names or location were requested; nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded that the right to ‘privacy’ of the migrants on the watchlist outweighs the public’s right to know.

The denial of the request occurred on the same day that at least one illegal immigrant reportedly on the terror watchlist was apprehended while attempting to infiltrate the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, reports Just The News.

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” the department told Melugin in a letter, he wrote in a post on X. “Any private interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test.”

Melugin pushed back on the rejection in a post to social media on Thursday, defending his request for the information and claiming that most of the rejection had nothing to do with what he was asking for. He also vowed to appeal the decision.

“I did not ask for any names, IDs, addresses, anything that would breach privacy, nor did I ask for any law enforcement sensitive information,” Melugin said. “I simply requested *only* the nationalities of people arrested on the list, so the public can have an understanding of where in the world they are coming from.”

Just The News adds that the border crisis and influx of illegal migrants has resulted in at least 736 known or suspected terrorists being released into the country in fiscal year 2023. In this fiscal year, at least 210 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended and then released into the country as of March 22.

 

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