On Saturday (January 21) night, the deadly shooting broke out at Star Ballroom Dance Studio amid a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, just outside of Los Angeles, CBS News reports. The suspected shooter, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, died by self-inflicted gun wound, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna announced over the weekend.
Harris addressed the “tragedy” that unfolded in her home state during her speech in Tallahassee, Florida on Sunday (January 22) for the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, per CNN.
“All of us in this room and in our country understand this violence must stop,” the vice president continued. “And President Biden and I and our administration will continue to provide full support to the local authorities as we learn more.”
President Joe Biden echoed Harris’ sentiments in a tweet on Sunday, noting that he was monitoring the aftermath of the mass shooting “closely as it develops.”
“Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in last night’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park,” Biden tweeted. “I’m monitoring this situation closely as it develops, and urge the community to follow guidance from local officials and law enforcement in the hours ahead.”
Earlier that day, the White House said Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall had been directed to “make sure that the FBI is providing full support to local authorities” amid investigations into the Monterey Park shooting that killed 10 people.
According to NBC News, investigators are still searching for a motive as of Monday (January 23).