SWAT Vehicles Surround Van in Torrance Parking Lot – NBC Los Angeles

Armored SWAT vehicles and law enforcement SUVs surrounded a white cargo van Sunday morning at a parking lot in Torrance as authorities searched for a gunman who opened fire at a Monterey Park dance studio, killing 10 people and leaving 10 wounded.

The van, located in a parking lot near Del Amo Fashion Center, matched descriptions of a vehicle sought in connection with the shooting about 30 miles to the northeast in the San Gabriel Valley community of Monterey Park and another incident in nearby Alhambra. Authorities did not immediately confirm whether the van is the same one witnesses said left the scene in Alhambra.

The van was blocked in front and behind between two armored SWAT vehicles in the mall parking lot. A van window appeared the have shattered.

A man appeared to be motionless, slumped over the steering wheel of the van.

About an hour after the vehicle was surrounded by officers, members of a SWAT unit smashed a passenger’s side window and entered the van at about 1 pm

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Witnesses said a white cargo van was seen leaving the crime scene late Saturday at Alhambra. Authorities responded to that location, a dance hall, just minutes after responding to the deadly shooting at a Monterey Park dance studio.

“We had a vehicle that was described as a van of interest,” said Sheriff Robert Luna. “And, there’s a van that looks just like what was described to us in the city of Torrance.”

Luna said there is a person in the van, but details about that individual’s condition were not immediately available.

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