Reports of multiple deaths after a mass shooting at a Lunar New Year celebration Saturday night in Monterey Park, Calif., just east of Los Angeles, drew dozens of police responders to the scene.
AP details local officials initially provided no information about the shooting in the city of about 60,000 people with a large Asian population that’s about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
It was revealed that at least 10 victims were injured and one died in the attack on Sunday morning.
Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Sunday the wounded were taken to hospitals and their conditions range from stable to critical. Meyer claimed that the incident resulted in the deaths of 10 victims.
Meyer claimed that the people were “pouring out of the location screaming”Officers arrived on the spot. He stated that officers went to the dance hall while firefighters attended the injured.
Earlier Sgt. Bob Boese of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told AP the shooting was reported at 10:22 p.m. and occurred at a business on Garvey Ave. in Monterey Park. Boese confirmed that the shooter is male and stated this early Sunday.
After dozens of officers responded to the reports, officials did not provide any information for many hours.
Many people were present at the social event and annual festival earlier in the morning.
The proprietor of Clam House, a seafood-barbecue restaurant, Seung Won Choi told the story. Los Angles Times three people rushed into his business and told him to lock the door behind them.
They also said that there was a man with a weapon, a shotgun and multiple rounds of ammunition. He could then reload. Choi claimed that the shooting happened at a nightclub.
According to the newspaper, the incident occurred after 10 pm.
Saturday was the start of the two-day festival, which is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.
The Monterey Park government website said the event, on Garvey Avenue, “features vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment.”
According to New York TimesMonterey Park’s Asian American population is approximately 65 percent, and the Hispanic or Latino population at 27 percent.
This was because the majority of its residents were of Asian descent. It is the only city in America that has this characteristic.
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