A gunman killed 10 people and wounded 10 others at a Los Angeles-area ballroom after a Lunar New Year celebration, sparking a manhunt for the suspect in the fifth mass killing in the US this month.
Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that the wounded were taken to hospitals and their conditions ranged from stable to critical. He said the 10 people died at the scene in the city of Monterey Park.
Meyer said people were “streaming out of the location screaming” when officers arrived around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He says officers then entered the ballroom and found victims while firefighters treated the wounded.
Meyer did not provide a description of the male suspect or the weapon he used, or why police did not provide any information about the shooting for hours while the shooter remained on the run. He also said police were investigating another incident in the nearby city of Alhambra to see if it was related.
Meyer said it is too early in the investigation to know if the gunman knew anyone at the ballroom and if it was a hate crime or not. He gave no other details.
The Lunar New Year celebration attracted thousands.
Monterey Park is a city of approximately 60,000 people located on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. The majority of its residents are Asian immigrants or their descendants, most of them Chinese. The dance studio in downtown Monterey Park is just a few blocks from City Hall on its main thoroughfare of Garvey Avenue, which is dotted with strip malls filled with small businesses whose signs are in both English and Chinese. Cantonese and Mandarin are both widely spoken, Chinese holidays are celebrated, and Chinese films are shown in the city.
The tragedy was not only the fifth mass killing in the US since the beginning of the year, but also the deadliest since May 24, 2022 – when 21 people were killed in a school in Uvalde, Texas, according to The Associated Press/USA Today US Mass Murder Database. The latest violence comes two months after five people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.
Seung Won Choi, who owns the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting took place, told The Los Angeles Times that three people burst into his business and told him to lock the door.
The people told Choi there was a shooter with a gun that had several rounds of ammunition on him.
Wong Wei, who lives nearby, told The Los Angeles Times that his friend was in a bathroom at the dance club that night when the shooting began. When she came out, he said, she saw a gunman and three bodies.
The friend then fled to Wei’s house around 11 p.m., he said, adding that his friends told him that the shooter appeared to be shooting indiscriminately with a long gun.
The celebration in Monterey Park is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California. Two days of festivities were planned, but officials canceled Sunday’s events after the shooting.
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