Monterey Park Mass Shooting Leaves 10 Dead, Multiple Injured, and Gunman Still At Large: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Monterey Park Mass Shooting Leaves 10 Dead, Multiple Injured, and Gunman Still At Large: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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A gunman opened fire in a ballroom dance venue, killing 10 people and injuring 10 others Saturday night in Monterey Park, California near Los Angeles, local police said.

“When officers arrived on scene, they observed numerous individuals, patrons … pouring out of the location, screaming. The officers made entry to the location and located additional victims,” said Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“There is a male suspect that fled the scene and remains outstanding,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said at a news conference; he said the description portrayed a “male Asian” suspect,  between the ages of 30 and 50.

Apparently in the neighboring city of Alhambra, a man of a similar description walked into a dance club with a gun, but he was disarmed by people inside the club. “We don’t know though at this time if it is connected,” Luna said.

The motive is still unknown. As the tragedy happened on the eve of Lunar Year, Meyer said they “will look at every angle as far as whether it was a hate crime or not.” Monterey Park was once called “the first suburban Chinatown,” as 65% of its population is Asian American. The shooting occurred on West Garvey Avenue, home to a number of Asian grocery stores and restaurants, at 10:22 p.m.

Sheriff Luna also added that there will be increased security at Lunar New Year events across the area.

The 10 people who were injured were taken to the hospital, and their conditions range from stable to critical. The gunman is still at large, and the firearm used is currently unknown, but Luna said he didn’t think it was an assault rifle.

Monterey Park Mayor Henry Lo offered support for the community and survivors at the news conference: “It is important that we be there for them and to provide the support they need in a time of healing.” 

President Joe Biden tweeted on Sunday: “Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in last night’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park. I’m monitoring this situation closely as it develops, and urge the community to follow guidance from local officials and law enforcement in the hours ahead.”

“The reports coming out of Monterey Park are absolutely devastating,” Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass tweeted on Sunday. “As investigations determine whether these murders were motivated by Asian hate, we continue to stand united against all attempts to divide us.”

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