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California shooting: Cops took 5 hours to warn that dance hall shooter was loose



Lost after the game Monterey Park, california, dance disco shoot killing 11 people is an alarming fact: It took five hours for authorities to notify the public that the gunman was at fault.
Even after the 72-year-old shooter carried a submachine gun-style weapon into another nearby discotheque about half an hour later, a potential attack was thwarted by a hero who snatched the weapon and chased the man away. Men go, it will take more hours before the police hold a press conference to announce the suspect is still outlawed.
Experts say the weekend’s mass shooting has sparked fear among Asian-American communities in the Los Angeles area, highlighting a lack of national standards for informing the public and the need Demand for an active warning system – similar to Amber alert – would immediately trigger mobile phone alarms in surrounding areas and post warnings on highway signs.
Chris Grollnek, an active shooter expert and retired police officer, said: “Five o’clock is ridiculous. SWAT member of the team. “This would be a really cool case study. Why five o’clock?”
Brian Higgins, a former SWAT team commander and sheriff in Bergen County, New Jersey, said a warning should have been issued immediately and half an hour between the two incidents is more than enough time to do so.
“What took so long?” Higgins, an adjunct professor at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “Maybe they’re still investigating. Maybe they’re not handling what they have well. But if they don’t know, they should be cautious and shut this down.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna on Monday said his department was “strategic” in the decision to release the information but he would look into what happened.
“When we started going public, the first priority was to arrest this person,” said Luna. “It worked in the end. We’ll go back and review it as we always do. No one is more important than ourselves about what worked and specifically what didn’t work, and evaluate value that and see what awaits in determining what public risk is at the time.”
The timeline of events shows that the police were silent for hours, not only about a shooter being free, but also about the fact that a shooting had occurred, with information dripping from the machine. police scans and sources instead of official channels. The delay comes just hours after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the Asian-American city to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Authorities say the first call about a shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio came on Saturday at 10:22 p.m. local time, and officers responded within three minutes. Monterey Park Police said it took several minutes for officers – some of whom are rookies to the force – to assess the chaotic scene and locate the gunman, who had fled.
About 20 minutes after the first shooting, at 10:44, the gunman later identified as Tran Huu Can entered the Lai Lai Ballroom about 4.8 kilometers away in Alhambra, where he encountered 26 people in the lobby. -Brandon Tsay, age.
Tsay, a computer programmer who helps run the disco for his family, told The New York Times he was unaware of the earlier shooting in Monterey Park when he lunged at the man and started struggling to get the weapon out of his hand. Tsay eventually requisitioned the weapon, ordering him to “Go, get out of here!” and watched him drive away in a white van.
More than an hour later, at 11:53 p.m., it was reported that the shooter was still outlawed – not from an official source, but from a media monitor of the police conversation on scanner. “Suspect is still hiding according to PD at the scene,” RMG News tweeted.
The Associated Press began calling the Monterey Park police and fire department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shortly before the RMG News alert, and kept calling for nearly three hours. Monterey Park police never responded. A sheriff’s official confirmed nine deaths shortly before 2:36 a.m. Sunday, when the AP issued an alert.
At 2:49 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Office released a notice confirming the deaths and adding that the suspect was a male. Still no mention of him being free.
Finally, just after 3:30 a.m., five hours after the shooting, Captain Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff held a press conference to announce the death toll was then 10 and for the first time ever. publicly stated “the suspect has fled the scene and is still outnumbered.”
By noon on Sunday, police 30 miles (48 km) away in Torrance surrounded a shopping center parking lot and surrounded a white van that matched the description of the vehicle seen. the last time Tran was driving. After a careful approach, SWAT teams broke in at 1 p.m. and found Tran dead in the driver’s seat with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The police are still investigating a engine for murders.
Katherine Schweit, a retired FBI agent who leads the agency’s active shooting program, admits such mass shootings can be confusing and busy and that “the top priority is always victims and survivors.”
However, she said, “communicating with the public is just as important. Generally, when law enforcement believes there is an additional threat to the public or is looking for a suspect, they do. will notify the public.”
Vibrating smartphone alerts about everything from missing children and the elderly to impending heavy snowfalls and flash floods has become commonplace over the past decade. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 1,600 federal, state, and local jurisdictions — including Los Angeles County — are equipped to send mobile phone alerts through the Alert System. federally funded Integrated Public Alert and Alert.
“We have the technology,” said former FBI agent Gregory Shaffer, now the head of a Dallas-based risk management and tactics training firm. “It’s just not used.”
A House bill last year would establish an Active Shooting Warning Network to replace the messy patchwork warning systems used by thousands of towns and cities affected by the delay. delay in sending messages and low subscriptions. It died in the Senate but one of its sponsors, US Representative Mike Thompson, a California Democrat, said late Monday he plans to reintroduce the law.
“I think the fact that people have been in a state of disarray for an awful long time shows the need for the bill,” Thompson said. “People need to be warned.”

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