Monterey Park suspect may have been targeting ex-wife in shooting that left 10 dead

The gunman behind the deadly dance hall shooting in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park that left 10 people dead and at least 10 more wounded may have been targeting his

ex-wife on the Lunar New Year, the California city's mayor said Monday. Huu Can Tran, the 72-year-old suspected shooter, burst into the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on

Saturday and opened fire on a festive crowd before fleeing, police said. “My understanding is that he may have come because his ex-wife was reveling, celebrating the Lunar

New Year, and it sounded like there was a history of domestic violence, which is unfortunate,” Monterey Park Mayor Henry Lo told NBC News’ Kate Snow. Tran filed for divorce

in 2005 in Los Angeles County, records show. NBC News has reached out to the person believed to be the shooter’s ex-wife for comment. Follow along here for live

coverage Police on Monday were searching the suspect's home in Hemet, a small city about 85 miles east of Los Angeles, and have not divulged a motive. Alan Reyes,

public information officer for the Hemet Police Department, said their records show that Tran contacted them a decade ago and alleged his family was trying to poison him. The

allegation was never investigated because Tran never presented any proof to back up his claims, Reyes said. Tran died some 12 hours after the massacre of a self-inflicted

gunshot wound inside a white van as a SWAT team closed in on him, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Sunday. “The unimaginable happened in our community last

evening," Lo said in a statement Sunday, calling the deadly shooting a "horrible tragedy."