Audio: A timeline of the Monterey Park shooting as told by 911


The emergency number came in just before 10:30 p.m.

It would be the start of a devastating night, as Californians learned the gruesome details of a mass shooting in Monterey Park that left 10 people dead – one of the deadliest acts of violence in the nation in recent years.

Police said Sunday afternoon a suspect was dead after authorities surrounded and breached a white van in Torrance they believe was linked to the shooting. They said the man, 72-year-old Hemet resident Huu Can Tran, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators said they are still piecing together details from the evening, including a possible motive for the shooting, which took place shortly after Monterey Park’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

The Times reviewed emergency call recordings, which provide key details about how police, fire and rescue workers responded Saturday night and what they found.

The audio files come from, a popular website that displays and captures public radio chatter used by emergency responders across the country. The timestamps used are estimates.

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10:29 PM: “Gunfire Victims… Stage in Newmark and Ramona”

A dispatcher calls out that shots have been fired near W. Newmark and S. Ramona Ave in Monterey Park and tells first responders to line up there.

That’s two blocks south of the Star Dance Studio, at 122 W. Garvey Ave.

10:33pm: “Position at Ramona and Garvey. Enter from the west… All units… clear to enter”

The collecting area is shifted closer to the studio as more details become apparent. Police and rescue units continue to arrive.

Police surrounded a white van in a parking lot in Torrance on Sunday, where officials said they found a dead man, the suspect in the shooting.


10:38 pm: Details emerge about the human toll

A man at the scene describes victims who are in the parking lot and says the studio scene has been “vacated”. He says people entering the studio will pass on more information about the victims.

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The update they soon pass on is gloomy.

Another guy says there are “10 unresponsive insides and you have 2 that are still in critical condition – breathing. Total 12.”

10:39 pm: The number of victims is growing rapidly

“Right now our number is 16. Four in the lot. Twelve in the occupation.”

10:40 p.m.: A “mass casualty incident”

An “MCI” or “mass accident incident” is declared when it becomes clear that a mass shooting has occurred.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna answers questions about the Monterey Park mass shooting.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna answers questions about the Monterey Park mass shooting.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

10:41 pm: “Nest team”

There is a call for transport to take the dead and living away. At least two fire engines and four ambulances are on scene before more are ordered.

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10:45 PM: “Additional units requested. Multiple victims. Gunshot wounds.”

The scale of the dead and injured is coming into view.

“We’re 17 now,” one man says of the victims. “I think you have the (number of) deceased.”

There are five victims outside and 10 who are dead in the studio. At least two people inside are in critical condition.

11:02 PM: “Basic life support” is requested

Response units from several municipalities, including Monterey Park and the City of Los Angeles, rush to the shooting.

“BLS”, short for “basic life support” units, is being requested due to the critical condition of several victims.

Victims are transported to several hospitals, including Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park.

In addition to the deaths, officials said at least 10 more people were injured at the dance studio. At a press conference Sunday night, Sheriff Capt. Robert Luna of Los Angeles County that seven victims are still in hospitals.

Times staff writer Paige St. John and audio producer David Toledo contributed to this report.