CaliforniaTen people were killed and ten others wounded in a mass shooting Saturday night at an establishment in East Los Angeles after Lunar New Year celebrations, police said Sunday. The police gave this information on Sunday.
Los Angeles County Police Sergeant Bob Boes said the incident occurred at an unspecified establishment on Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park. The shooter was a man, he noted. Los Angeles Police Captain Andrew Meyer said the suspect is still on the run. The injured of varying degrees were taken to hospitals, he said.
Authorities did not respond for several hours when dozens of police officers responded to reports of a shooting in Monterey Park, a city of about 60,000 with a large Asian-American population about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles.
It was the fifth mass shooting in the United States this month and the deadliest since 21 people died at a school in Uvalde, Texas, according to an Associated Press/USA Today database of US mass shootings. Five people died two months ago at a Colorado Springs nightclub.
Seung Won Choi, owner of the Clam House Seafood Barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting took place, told the Los Angeles Times that three men walked up to his business and told him to lock the door.
Those men tell Choi that there is a shooter with a machine gun who is carrying several rounds of ammunition to be able to reload. Choi said he believed the shooting occurred at a nightclub.
Boise did not identify the location, but said it was in the 120 block of Garvey Avenue. On that block is Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where an event called “Star Night” was held between 8 and 11:30 p.m., according to a schedule on its website.
Wong Wei, who lives nearby, told the Los Angeles Times that a friend of his was at the store when the shooting began. When he came out, he said, he saw an armed man and three bodies.
He said the friend ran to Wei’s house around 11 p.m., telling him the shooter was firing indiscriminately with a long gun. “They don’t know why, so they run,” he told the newspaper.
The event took place at a venue where thousands of people participated in the Lunar New Year celebrations.
One of the biggest Lunar New Year events in Southern California, the two-day celebration kicked off on Saturday.