Shots were fired in the California city of Monterey Park after a Chinese Lunar New Year party. Police confirmed that at least 10 people were dead and the same number were injured. The perpetrator has not yet been caught, and his motives are unknown. A witness to the incident told the Los Angeles Times that he was attacked by a man with a machine gun.
The incident happened after 10 p.m. Saturday (7 a.m. Sunday in Poland) in Monterey Park, near where thousands of people had previously celebrated Chinese New Year. The festival ended at 21:00 local time. Shots were fired during an evening party in the dance hall.
Police said at least 10 people were killed, up from nine previously, and at least as many were hospitalized. At least one of these people is in critical condition. Earlier, a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said that “Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives are assisting the Monterey Park Police Department in their investigation into the shooting death.”
Police said one person was suspected in the case. The perpetrator fled the scene and has not yet been caught. His motives are also unknown.
The witness spoke of a man with a machine gun
A witness told the Los Angeles Times that three people burst into his restaurant and told him to close the door because a man with a machine gun was about to appear in the area.
Initially, only a certain – unspecified – number of wounded was mentioned. The fact that there are also fatalities was confirmed by a tweet posted by a representative of the Los Angeles authorities. “Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in neighboring Monterey Park, where a mass shooting has just taken place,” wrote Kenneth Mejia, Los Angeles City Comptroller. He added that Monterey Park is home to “one of the county’s largest Asian communities.”
Footage posted on social media showed people on stretchers being taken to ambulances by medical staff, as well as police officers guarding cordoned-off streets near the scene.
Monterey Park is a city of 60,000 in Los Angeles County, located approximately 11 kilometers from downtown Los Angeles.
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