MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A gunman killed 10 individuals and wounded 10 others at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance membership following a Lunar New Year celebration, setting off a manhunt for the suspect within the fifth mass killing within the U.S. this month.
Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department mentioned Sunday that the wounded had been taken to hospitals and their situations vary from steady to crucial. He mentioned the 10 individuals died on the scene within the metropolis of Monterey Park.
Meyer mentioned individuals had been “pouring out of the location screaming” when officers arrived at round 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He mentioned officers then went into the ballroom and located victims as firefighters handled the wounded.
Meyer gave no description of the male suspect or the weapon he used, or why police gave no info on the capturing for hours whereas the shooter remained on the run. He additionally mentioned police had been investigating one other incident within the close by metropolis of Alhambra to see whether or not it was related.
Meyer mentioned it’s too early within the investigation to know if the gunman knew anybody on the ballroom or if whether or not it was a hate crime.
The Lunar New Year celebration had attracted hundreds.
Monterey Park is a metropolis of about 60,000 folks that sits on the japanese fringe of Los Angeles. The majority of its residents are Asian immigrants or their descendants, most of them Chinese. The dance studio in downtown Monterey Park is only a few blocks from metropolis corridor on its most important thoroughfare of Garvey Avenue, which is dotted with strip malls which might be stuffed with small companies whose indicators are in each English and Chinese. Cantonese and Mandarin are each extensively spoken, Chinese holidays are celebrated, and Chinese movies are screened within the metropolis.
The tragedy marked not simply the fifth mass killing within the U.S. because the begin of the yr but additionally is the deadliest since May 24, 2022 – when 21 individuals had been killed in a faculty in Uvalde, Texas, based on The Associated Press/USA Today database on mass killings within the U.S. The newest violence comes two months after 5 individuals had been killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.
Seung Won Choi, who owns the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant throughout the road from the place the capturing occurred, informed The Los Angeles Times that three individuals rushed into his enterprise and informed him to lock the door.
The individuals mentioned to Choi that there was a shooter with a gun who had a number of rounds of ammunition on him.
Wong Wei, who lives close by, informed The Los Angeles Times that his pal was in a rest room on the dance membership that evening when the capturing began. When she got here out, he mentioned, she noticed a gunman and three our bodies.
The pal then fled to Wei’s home at round 11 p.m., he mentioned, including that his pals informed him that the shooter appeared to fireside indiscriminately with a protracted gun.
The celebration in Monterey Park is likely one of the largest Lunar New Year occasions in Southern California. Two days of festivities had been deliberate however officers canceled Sunday’s occasions following the capturing.
Associated Press author Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.