Following a Lunar New Year celebration, a shooter opened fire at a ballroom dance club in the Los Angeles region, killing ten people, injuring 10, and starting a manhunt for the perpetrator in the country’s fifth mass murder this month.
The injured were brought to hospitals and, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Capt. Andrew Meyer, their situations range from stable to severe.
He claimed that ten persons had passed away at the site in Monterey Park.
According to Meyer, officers arrived at the scene at roughly 10:30 p.m., Saturday and individuals were “pouring out of the facility screaming.”
He claimed that as firefighters attended to the injured, cops entered the ballroom and discovered the victims.
Meyer did not describe the male suspect, the weapon he was carrying, or why police withheld information about the incident for hours while the shooter was still at large.
He said that authorities were looking into another event in the neighboring city of Alhambra to see whether there was any connection.
According to Meyer, it is still too early in the inquiry to determine whether or if the shooter knew anyone in the ballroom.
He made no further statements.
Thousands of people have come to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
At the easternmost point of Los Angeles, there are around 60,000 residents in Monterey Park.
Asian immigrants or their descendants, the majority of whom are Chinese, make up most of the population. On Garvey Avenue, the major road of Monterey Park, the dancing studio is just a few blocks from the city hall.
Garvey Avenue is lined with strip malls full of small companies, many of which have signage in both English and Chinese.
Chinese holidays are observed, Cantonese and Mandarin are frequently spoken, and Chinese movies are shown in the city.
According to The Associated Press/USA Today database on mass killings in the U.S., the tragedy marked not only the fifth mass killing in the country since the year’s beginning but also the deadliest since May 24, 2022, when 21 people were slain on a school in Uvalde, Texas.
Two months after five people were killed at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, there was further violence.
The owner of the seafood BBQ restaurant Clam House, Seung Won Choi, told The Los Angeles Times that three guys barged into his place of business and ordered him to lock the door.
Choi was informed by the onlookers that there was a shooter with a gun and several rounds of ammo.
The Los Angeles Times was informed by Wong Wei, a local, that his friend was in the dance club’s restroom when the shooting began.
He claimed that she discovered a shooter and three bodies when she emerged.
Around 11 p.m., the friend fled to Wei’s house, adding that his buddies had informed him that the shooter appeared to use a long rifle and fire randomly.
One of Southern California’s biggest Lunar New Year festivities is in Monterey Park.
Officials postponed Sunday’s activities in the wake of the shooting, which had two days of festivities scheduled.