Amid all the information about the shooting death that killed 11 people at a dance hall in Monterey Park, California, there is one startling fact: It took five hours for police to alert the public that the assailant was on the run.
Even after the 72-year-old assailant made it to another dance hall with his submachine gun-style pistol – a potential attack that was foiled by a hero who wrestled the gun from him and chased the man – it was several hours before police offered The first was to announce at a press conference that the attacker was free.
Experts say the massacre, which sparked panic in the Los Angeles-area Asian community, highlights the lack of national standards for notifying the public and the need for aggressive alerts — similar to amber alerts about baby thefts. – which will send the message immediately. For cell phones and flash signals on highways.
“Five hours is kind of ridiculous,” said Chris Grolnek, a retired police officer and SWAT tactical squad officer who specializes in active shooters. “That would be a great case study for the future. Why five hours?
Brian Higgins, a former SWAT commander and Bergen County Sheriff in New Jersey, said that an alert should have been issued immediately and that half an hour between the two incidents was enough time to do so.
“Why did it take so long?” asked Higgins, an assistant professor at the John Jay College School of Criminal Justice in New York City. “Maybe they were still doing their research, maybe they weren’t sure what they had. But if they didn’t know, they should have erred on the side of caution and issued an advisory.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Monday that his department was “strategic” in its decision to release the information, but would still review what happened.
“When we began disseminating information, our priority was to take this person into custody,” Luna said. “In the end it worked. We’re going to go back and review it, as we always do. No one is more important than us what worked and especially what didn’t work, and we will evaluate and Will look at the reason for the wait, to determine what the risk to the public was at that time.
Condon and Mustian reported from New York; Watson from San Diego and Christopher Weber from Los Angeles.