- The shooting occurred during a Lunar New Year celebration in the city of Monterey Park, near Los Angeles.
- Law enforcement officials said the suspect, a 72-year-old man, killed himself when approached by police.
- Monterey Park is home to one of the largest Asian American communities in the United States.
Mr Luna did not identify any of the victims but said the five men and five women appeared to be in their 50s, 60s and older.
Police officers stand outside a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park, California on Sunday where a mass shooting took place following a Lunar New Year celebration. Source: AAP / Jae C. Hong/AP
The sheriff said the pistol Tran used appeared to be illegal in California, where state laws ban any magazine holding more than 10 rounds.
The sheriff said Tran turned a handgun on himself on Sunday as police approached a white van he was driving in Torrance, about 34km from the site of the shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park.
The scene of the shooting in Monterey Park, California. Ten people were shot dead during a gathering celebrating Lunar New Year. Source: Getty / Eric Thayer
Officers reportedly heard a single gunshot from the van as they approached, then fell back and called for a SWAT team.
The shooting took place around the location of a two-day Lunar New Year celebration where many downtown streets are closed for festivities that draw thousands of people from across Southern California.
Most of its patrons are middle-aged or seniors, though children also attend youth dance classes, according to a teacher at the studio who asked to not be named.
Police gather at the scene near the intersection of Garvey and Garfield Avenue in Monterey Park, California. Source: Getty / Frederic J Brown
“Those are normal working people,” the teacher said. “Some are retired and just looking for an exercise or social interaction.”
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