10 Killed in SoCal Shooting - The Monday AM Quickie 1/22/23
Corey ended last week talking about cream egg season – but what about an egg cream??? Have you thought of that? There's this little place on the Lower East Side that's like a single hot plate two tables and a coffee pot that does an egg cream, the only place I've had it, and it's actually delicious. Who knew! An underrated drink. Anyway. That's your levity for this Monday, we've got some news to cover. - Jack
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THE BIG NEWS
SoCal Dance Hall Shooting Rocks LA Suburb
The latest mass shooting: 10 dead, five men, five women, all patrons of a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, CA, after a man went on a rampage at the venue.
The suspect, who police identified as Huu Can Tran, 72, used a weapon that was likely illegal in California (but that nevertheless, Tran acquired anyway) – a semi-automatic handgun with a high capacity magazine attached. Most of Tran's victims were men and women in their 50s and 60s, the typical clientele of the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a popular location on a busy thoroughfare in Monterey Park. Police have not yet released what they think is a motive for the shooting yet.
Tran allegedly attacked the studio and fled the scene before proceeding to another dance hall in the neighboring city of Alhambra and attempted to repeat his massacre, before being disarmed before he could fire in "an act of heroism," police said. He then fled that scene, and an hours-long manhunt ensued, ending when tactical teams surrounded his van on the other side of L.A. County. Tran was found inside dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
This mass shooting doesn't fit the typical profile – often angry, young men with easy access to weaponry. The only similar crime was the 68-year old man who shot up a church in Southern California in what officials deemed a hate crime. One person was killed and four were critically wounded in that incident.
But that's sort of the point: mass shootings are becoming so common, and so easy to carry out, that very few are particularly uniqe. The stories almost write themselves; you can tell that every newspaper now has an internal style guide on how to report on and write about them. At this point, I don't really know what the fix is.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Hate Speech is Growing on Twitter. So Are Hate Crimes
The Washington Post has a good piece from this weekend on the link between incidences of hate speech rising on Twitter and actual hate crimes. The sources are former Twitter employees and extremism researchers, who say that when terms like "groomer" spike on Twitter, real-world incidents of violence against the LGBT community are more likely to happen. Using "groomer" as a slur towards gay people was against Twitter's rules before the Musk takeover, but is uh... far less policed now. Funny how that happens.
Germany Okays Poland to Send Tanks to Ukraine
Here's the latest chapter in the German tank tale: the Leopards may be headed to Ukraine. But not from Germany. From Poland. The gist of it is this: Germany didn't want to send their own Leopards, but Poland did. The problem is because Poland gets its Leopards from Germany, it has to ask Germany before it gives them to anyone else, a process that seemed frustrating for all parties involved. But German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told a French TV channel on Sunday that if Poland asks to give the tanks, Germany won't block it, which is a departure from negotiations as they were before. In other words, the Ukrainians might get what they wanted all along from Germany in the most roundabout way possible.
- U.S. Naming Russia's Wagner Group a "Transnational Criminal Entity" Ok sure this is true, but they're also functionally a wing of the Russian government so, good luck in that having any effect. via WaPo.
- George Santos's Ponzi Scheme Cost One Guy Over Half a Mil Personally? Would not have hung out with that guy. via NYT
- MORE Biden Documents Turn Up? Oh man, this thing isn't going to go away, is it. via NYT.
- Biden Chooses a New Chief of Staff The new Oval Boss is Jeff Zients, formerly Biden's covid response coordinator. Interesting job segue but we'll roll with it. via NYT.
Our so-called debt limit, which we hit last week. Cool! Chuck it out the window please.
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