At Lunar New Year Festival in California, 10 Killed, Several Injured; Culprit at Large: A place where people had gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year was the scene of a mass shooting late Saturday in Monterey Park, California, in which at least ten people were murdered, and numerous others were hurt, according to authorities.
Ten individuals were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau also reported that ten additional victims were transported to nearby hospitals in various situations, from stable to critical.
After the shooting, the suspect—whom officials had previously described as a man—reportedly fled the scene and is still at large, according to Meyer. The suspect’s identity was not immediately known.
Around 10:30 p.m., officers arrived at the dance ballroom to find “people pouring out of the premises screaming,” Meyer said, adding that officers entered the club as firefighters attended to the injured.
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Meyer stated that no other information on the used firearm was known at this time. He asserted that it is still too early in the investigation to determine whether the shooter knew any of the victims or whether the incident was motivated by hatred.
He said authorities were investigating a different incident at the Lai Lai Ballroom in the nearby city of Alhambra to see if it was related. There were no early reports of injuries in that incident.
Fox News was informed by sources that police believe the two crimes are related and that they are aware of the alleged shooter’s identity. A “high-powered assault rifle,” according to the sources, was employed.
10 dead, 10 injured in Monterey Park, CA mass shooting. Sources telling @FoxNews that the incident in Alhambra, CA is* related to the mass shooting & that police believe they know who the suspect is. More to come. I’m headed out to scene.
— Alexandria Hernandez (@AlexandriaHrndz) January 22, 2023
According to a tweet from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, President Biden has received a briefing on the shooting from Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. According to Jean-Pierre, [Biden] “ordered her to ensure that the FBI fully supports local authorities and to brief him constantly today as more details are available.
Monterey Park… pic.twitter.com/mPPorjmo8Q
— 💔 (@dessthemess) January 22, 2023
The incident at the Lunar New Year party was dubbed “horrific and cruel” by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Photos and videos posted on the Citizen app, which enables citizens to report crimes in their neighborhood, show that a sizable police presence reacted to the 120 block of West Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, a community in Los Angeles County.
A line of police cars was observed obstructing a space between the Chinese grocery store TS Emporium and a GBC International Bank. On Saturday night, W. Garvey Avenue was lined with entertainment venues, stores, and restaurants.
A mass shooting occurred, according to the Monterey Park Fire Department. However, they could not establish how many individuals may have been shot. Although Monterey police have not yet provided any details on the incident, they did say a news conference is planned for 7 a.m. PST.
Woo hoo, the Lunar New Year Celebration takes place this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 21-22 in Downtown Monterey Park! 🐇🎊 Admission is free!
— City of Monterey Park (@CityofMPK) January 20, 2023
The gunman is a guy, the sheriff’s department’s Sgt. Bob Boese previously confirmed to the Associated Press, but he withheld other identifying information. According to officials, the Lunar event that was supposed to take place at Monterey Park later on Sunday has been canceled “out of an excess of caution.”
The Lunar New Year festival includes “vendors offering unique gifts and specialized items, food booths with many types of scrumptious dishes, amusement rides, and loads of live entertainment,” according to the Monterey Park city government website.
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According to the website, the festival began on Saturday morning and included “several forms of entertainment.” Additionally, “Parking lots at the intersection of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues will have a carnival fun zone.” It added that previous Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park attracted audiences of over 100,000 visitors every day from all around the Southern California region.