Manhunt underway after mass shooting at dance club near Los Angeles

Manhunt underway after mass shooting at dance club near Los Angeles

Photos: Investigators on scene the morning after the mass shooting

Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, on January 22, 2023.
Investigators work at the scene Sunday morning.Robyn Beck / AFP – Getty Images
Police officers stand outside a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park, California, on January 22, 2023.
Police stand outside a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park.Jae C. Hong / AP

LA Mayor Karen Bass: ‘Mass shootings and gun violence are a plague’

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called news of the Monterey Park shooting “absolutely devastating” in a statement on Sunday morning.

“Families deserve to celebrate the holidays amid mass shootings and gun violence in our communities,” Bass said.

“As the investigation determines whether these murders were motivated by Asian hatred, we continue to stand united against all attempts to divide us. My heart goes out to Monterey Park and the families and friends of those lost. “

Los Angeles is eight miles west of Monterey Park.

Gun violence prevention advocates respond: ‘We can’t live like this’

Gun violence prevention groups and advocates have dismissed the Monterey Park shooting — the 33rd mass shooting so far this year, according to the independent research group Gun Violence Archive — as the latest example of the scourge of gun violence in America.

Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun safety group, founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the advocacy group Moms Demand Action, said in a tweet: “Our hearts are with the victims, survivors, their relatives, and the whole community. What should be a joyous celebration ended in gunfire. We don’t have to live and die like this. Everyone deserves to feel safe and not fear gun violence.”

Moms Demand Action, the community group founded by advocate Shannon Watts, echoed this statement.

“It’s a terrible thing to live in a country where we have to constantly relive this terrible news,” Kris Brown, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a statement. it’s normal for people to get stuck in the middle of a joyous holiday celebration.”

March For Our Lives, the organization founded after the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, tweeted: “NO safe spaces! No celebrating. No fellowship. No living as we are, free from fear. We are devastated by this loss—apparently hate for our AAPI brothers & the deadliest mass shooting from Uvalde. I CAN’T GO THIS WAY”

California Gov. Newsom: ‘Our hearts are crying’

California Gov. asked. Gavin Newsom called the Monterey Park shooting “a terrible and heartless act of gun violence” in a tweet Sunday morning.

“It should be a joyous night of Lunar New Year celebrations at Monterey Park,” Newsom wrote.

“Our hearts are breaking as we learn more about last night’s horrific actions. We are closely monitoring the situation,” he said.

Newsom’s office said in a tweet that the governor had been notified of the shooting and that state officials were working with local law enforcement.

“No one should be afraid to celebrate with their community,” the governor’s office tweeted. “Our thoughts are with the victims and all those affected.”

The timing of a mass shooting is ‘particularly painful,’ says the local mayor

The mayor of the nearby city of Alhambra, about two miles south of Monterey Park, tweeted that it was “particularly painful” that the mass shooting occurred during the Lunar New Year celebration because of the large Asian American population and the Pacific Ocean.

“This is the time when residents should be celebrating with their family, friends and loved ones – without fear of gun violence,” tweeted Mayor Sasha Renée Pérez.

About half of Alhambra’s estimated population of 81,200 people are Asian, according to Census Bureau data. 47% of the population are people born abroad.

Monterey Park is an immigrant, Asian majority city

Monterey Park is a predominantly Asian city, according to Census Bureau data.

Asians make up 65% of the city’s roughly 59,600 residents, and more than half of its population is foreign-born, according to the Census Bureau. Hispanic/Latino people make up about 36% of the population, and whites make up about 20%, according to the Census Bureau.

The city’s median household income is $68,497.

The mass shooting occurred during the celebration of the Lunar New Year, celebrated by Chinese and other Asian cultures. Authorities have said it is too early to determine whether the mass shooting was racially motivated.

President Biden briefed on mass shooting, press secretary says

Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, tweeted Sunday morning to inform President Biden of the Monterey Park mass shooting.

“He ordered her to ensure that the FBI is providing full support to local authorities, and to update it regularly today as more details become known,” tweeted Jean-Pierre.

Police vehicles at the scene of the mass shooting

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Jae C. Hong / AP

Monterey Park cancels Lunar New Year festival ‘for everyone’s safety’

The second day of the Lunar New Year festival has been canceled “as a precaution and for everyone’s safety,” the city of Monterey Park said in a statement Sunday.

“The City extends its condolences to the individuals, families and friends who were injured in this tragic incident,” the statement said.

“Although the incident did not occur at the 2023 Lunar New Year Festival, an active investigation is currently underway and the area near and around the festival is affected,” he said. “As a precaution and for everyone’s safety, the City regrets to announce that the second day of the festival is cancelled.”

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