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Asian Americans were horrified Tuesday after two mass shootings against members of their community in California that left 18 people dead — in both cases the alleged shooters were older Asian men. The killing happened in just 48 hours — so close to being pulled away for a briefing on the second shooting as California Gov. Gavin Newsom was meeting victims of the first shooting at the hospital. A gunman killed three people at a convenience store in an act police said appeared to be random. The massacre prompted President Joe Biden to reiterate his call for Congress to act quickly on an assault weapons ban. A group of senators on Monday reintroduced a federal assault weapons ban and legislation that would raise the minimum purchase age for assault weapons to 21. China’s foreign ministry called on citizens in the US to “closely monitor the local security situation” and “avoid going to crowded places after the shootings.” Investigators are still looking into the motives behind the two incidents, which took place in the US. Standing out among mass shootings in affected communities — gun violence is generally considered rare among Asians and Asian-Americans — the suspects were 67 and 72 years old. Nonpartisan Violence The project said 79 percent of mass shootings between 1966 and 2020 occurred in people under the age of 45. It said only 6.4 percent of mass shooters at the time were Asian. Monday’s bloodshed occurred in rural coastal communities south of San Francisco Two farms around Half Moon Bay. San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said Tuesday that x male and one female — a mix of Hispanic and Asian — were killed and Half Moon Bay resident Chunli Chao, 67, was taken into custody …a semi-automatic handgun was recovered.”The only known connection between the victim and the suspect is that they may have been co-workers,” she said. “All the evidence we have points to this being a workplace violence incident. Corpus said one of the locations had children. Arrested in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay Sheriff’s Precinct, where ABC7 crews filmed dramatic footage of him being pulled to the ground by armed police. – “The Last Dance” – When Southern California The tragedy unfolded while detectives were still investigating what drove him. On Saturday night, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran shot and killed 11 people who had gathered at a suburban dance hall to celebrate Chinese New Year. He then drove to a second nearby dance hall, but Tran, who was arrested for illegal gun possession decades ago in Monterey, is credited for saving lives, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. 42 rounds were fired in the park attack. “What drives a madman to do this? He said. Luna confirmed that officials had been told that Tran may have known some of his victims. Information about Tran remains unclear. CNN reported that he immigrated from China, based on his marriage certificate; Citing immigration documents, he was a naturalized Vietnamese-American citizen. A former friend described Tran as a vengeful loner. “Two simple words covered the whole thing: He was a distrustful person. He doesn’t trust those around him. The second word is hate. He hated being around people, especially if he thought someone was treating him badly,” the friend said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “He would say, ‘One day I’m going to get back at you, get even, get even. “I think his life was so miserable and hopeless that he chose that day to end his life and at the same time he wanted someone he didn’t like or hated to go with him,” said the man, one of his victims. The family of My Nhan, 65, said the tragedy was “still sinking”. Loved doing it. But it’s not fair that Saturday was her last dance.” bur-hg/st