Gunman Kills 10 People in Shooting At Los Angeles Area Dance Club

Gunman Kills 10 People in Shooting At Los Angeles Area Dance Club

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) – A gunman killed 10 people and injured 10 others at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance club after a Lunar New Year celebration, sparking a manhunt for the suspect in the latest mass shooting tragedy in the American community. .

Captain Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that the wounded were taken to hospitals and that their conditions range from stable to critical. He said all ten died at the scene in Monterey Park.

Meyer said people were “pouring out of the scene screaming” when officers arrived around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He said officers then entered the ballroom and found victims as firefighters treated the injured.

Meyer did not provide a description of the male suspect or the weapon he used, or why police did not release any information about the shooting for hours while the shooter remained on the run. He added that 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 determine whether the gunman knew anyone in the ballroom or whether or not it was a hate crime. He gave no other details.

The Lunar New Year celebrations attracted thousands. Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people with a large Asian population about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles. Two days of festivities were planned but officials canceled Sunday’s events after the shooting.

The tragedy was the fifth mass shooting in the United States this month and the deadliest since 21 people were killed at a school in Uvalde, Texas, according to The Associated Press/USA Today database of mass killings in the U.S. The latest violence comes two months later. five people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.

Two police officers stand near the scene of a shooting in Monterey Park, California, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Two police officers stand near the scene of a shooting in Monterey Park, California, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Seung Won Choi, who owns the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting happened, told the Los Angeles Times that three people rushed into his business and told him to lock the door.

The people told Choi that there was a shooter with a gun that had multiple rounds of ammunition.

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 started. When she came out, he said, she saw a gunman and three bodies.

The friend then fled to Wei’s home at about 11 pm, he said, adding that his friends told him that the shooter appeared to fire indiscriminately with a long gun. “They don’t know why, so they run,” he told the newspaper.

The Monterey Park celebration is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.

Julie Watson, an Associated Press writer in San Diego, contributed to this report.

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