10 Killed In Mass Shooting At Lunar New Year Celebration In Monterey Park, California

Authorities say the suspect is an Asian man and is still on the loose.

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 Police have reported that the alleged suspect died by suicide after a standoff.

On January 21, PDT, a mass shooting occurred at a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California.

| AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

According to authorities, the suspect entered the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los Angeles, around 10:22 PM PST. He then began shooting, killing five men and five women, and injuring ten others.

| AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Around 20 to 30 minutes later, a man entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in Alhambra with a gun but had his firearm wrestled from him before he fled the scene. LA County Sheriff Robert Luna stated that these two incidents “may be related.

“We’re not quite there yet, but it’s definitely on our radar screen.”

— LA County Sherriff Robert Luna

The suspect in both these events has been described as an Asian male between 30 to 50 years old and is still at large.

We are here to tell you that we are utilizing every resource to apprehend this suspect, in what we believe to be one of the county’s most heinous cases.

— LA County Sherriff Robert Luna

LA County Sheriff’s Department Captain Andrew Meyer addresses reporters during a press briefing. | AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Monterey Park is a city on the outskirts of Los Angeles. According to US Census data, the area comprises more than 65% of people of Asian descent, with many residents originating from China or being first-generation Asian Americans.

The festivities gather tens of thousands of people from the surrounding areas to celebrate the Lunar New Year and had planned for two days of celebrations, with the second day being canceled after the shooting.

| AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

California governor Gavin Newsom tweeted about the tragedy, saying, “Monterey Park should have had a night of joyful celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Our deepest condolences to the victims’ families.
Source: AP News and Axios

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