Monterey Park mass shooting breaks promise of Lunar New Year for Asian Americans

A Lunar New Year always brings promise. As Asians and Asian Americans, we gather to celebrate the promise of prosperity, the promise of friendship, the promise of

happiness. Then, Saturday night, as thousands of Asian Americans nationwide gathered with loved ones, that promise was once again broken.

Instead of the sound of firecrackers set to scare away evil spirits, families celebrating in Monterey Park, California, heard gun shots. Ten families are grieving a loss of

their loved ones; another 10 hope for the recovery of their family members. And a whole community, anticipating joyous celebration, is now plunged back into fear. Start the

day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Motive of gunman not known On Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna

identified the gunman as Huu Can Tran, 72. Tran's white van was spotted in Torrance, about 22 miles from the mass shooting. “Our sheriff’s SWAT team approached

and cleared the van and determined the suspect sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene,'' Luna said. Trauma and grief:

Lunar New Year mass shooting traumatizes Asian Americans already on edge We don’t know the motives of the gunman. What we do know is that this act of violence

took place in a Chinese-owned business, in a predominantly Asian American city, while the community celebrated Lunar New Year, one of the most important holidays of the year.