LA Sheriff: California Shooting Suspect Used ‘Semiautomatic Assault Pistol’

A van is surrounded by SWAT officers in Torrance Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. A mass sho
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna gave a press conference Sunday in which he announced the Lunar New Year celebration shooting suspect had allegedly used a “semiautomatic assault pistol” to shoot and kill ten people Saturday night.

AFP indicated Luna pointed out the attacker did not use an “assault rifle.” Rather, Luna said the suspect used “a magazine-fed semiautomatic assault pistol … that had an extended large-capacity magazine attached to it.”

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Luna also noted that the shooting suspect is dead.

Breitbart News pointed out that the Los Angeles Times reported the gunman shot and killed himself Sunday before he could be apprehended by police in Torrance, California.

CBS security and law enforcement analyst James A. Gagliano tweeted:

Sheriff Luna did not explain what, precisely, a “semiautomatic assault pistol” is, but the BBC reported that Luna thought it might not be legal in California.

The deceased shooting suspect has been identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran.

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