TORRANCE, California: Los Angeles police have confirmed the suspected gunman who killed 10 people at a dance club during Lunar New Year celebrations is dead.

The 72-year-old Asian man died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound, said LA County Sheriff Robert Luna.

Police say he shot himself inside a white van that officers had surrounded.

The hunt began 12 hours earlier after a man – described by police as Asian – began firing at a club in Monterey Park, a city in Los Angeles County with a large Asian community.

Witnesses said he had fired indiscriminately and appeared to be heavily armed.

At least 10 other people were wounded, some of them critically.

The police stand-off around a van began late on Sunday morning in Torrance, south of Los Angeles, with the Los Angeles Times reporting shots had been fired at the scene.

It culminated with heavily-armed officers, supported by armoured vehicles, swarming the white panel van, smashing the passenger side window with their weapons raised.

AFP photographs from the scene taken after the operation showed the body of a man in the driver’s seat.

Monterey Park, only a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, is home to around 60,000 people, the majority of them Asian or Asian American.

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