Law enforcement authorities surrounded a white van in Torrance Sunday in a standoff with someone who may be the suspect in the Monterey Park mass shooting that killed 10 people.
A white van was surrounded by at least six police cars and SWAT vehicles near Hawthorne and Sepulveda boulevards. A bullet hole appeared to be in the windshield of the van.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s bomb squad was on scene and Hawthorne Police said there were concerns the person could have chemicals or explosives in the vehicle.
It was unclear if the person was conscious inside the white vehicle. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department chopper also landed at the scene.
“People have asked, ‘Is that our suspect? We don’t know,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said at a midday news conference.
The suspect in the Monterey Park shooting should be considered armed and dangerous, LASD said in a tweet. His name was not immediately available but was said to be 5’10 and around 110 pounds.
An LASD chopper just landed in the Amazon Go parking lot directly across the street from where the stand off is happening. Tons of onlookers are being pushed away from the scene by authorities on scene. They’re saying there’s a “hazmat” threat. pic.twitter.com/i1tRBRtwg8
— Kristy Hutchings (she/her) (@krhutchings) January 22, 2023
Down the street at Del Amo mall, security guard Eric Sponable said helicopters could be heard overhead. The shopping center was not under lockdown amid the standoff as of 11:30 a.m., he said.
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