Authorities say a mass shooting that took place during a Lunar New Year party in a community east of Los Angeles resulted in at least 10 fatalities, The Hill reports.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting in Monterey Park, California, took place in a dance club and was reported at roughly 10:22 p.m., following a Lunar New Year party that was supposed to end at 9 p.m.
Police first gave little details about the culprit, but they later disclosed that their early assessment is that he is an Asian guy at a news conference on Sunday morning. The suspect has not been located.
“Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are responding to assist Monterey Park Police Department with a shooting death investigation,” the department first said in a short statement Sunday morning. “There are nine deceased. There is no additional information available at this time.”
Authorities were looking into possible connections between the Monterey Park shooting and an incident that happened at a different dance club in the neighboring city of Alhambra approximately 20 minutes later on Saturday night. Witnesses reported that an Asian guy entered the second club with a gun, which customers were able to seize. According to Luna, the guy escaped and nobody was shot.
According to department captain Andrew Meyer, when officers arrived at the Monterey Park club, individuals were “pouring out of the location screaming.”
At least ten persons were brought to nearby hospitals to receive medical attention for their wounds, and one of them was in severe condition. The type of weapon used in the incident has not been disclosed by police, Reuters reported.
President Joe Biden was informed of the incident, according to the White House, and he ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to support local authorities.
The incident at Monterey Park was the bloodiest since a shooter murdered 19 pupils and two teachers at a school in Uvalde, Texas, in May 2022, despite the fact that mass shootings are frequent in the United States. A McDonald’s in San Ysidro, close to San Diego, was the scene of the bloodiest shooting in California history in 1984 when a shooter murdered 21 people there.