Five men and five women died. Age is unknown. His 10 injured victims were taken to multiple local hospitals, with conditions ranging from critical to stable.
Sheriff Robert Luna said the suspect is believed to be an Asian male between the ages of 30 and 50. However, victims and witnesses have different accounts of the shooter, and investigators are looking for clues about the person behind the vicious attack.
Luna said she didn’t know the motive, but “but who walked into the dance hall and shot 20 people dead?”
Police entered the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park at 10:22 p.m. local time on Saturday after a massive Lunar New Year festival in a city of about 61,000 people located 10 miles east of Los Angeles. Called.
Investigators said multiple bullets were fired, but did not believe an offensive weapon was used.
People also told Choi that there was a shooter who had multiple bullets on him so he could reload. Choi believes the filming took place at a dance club.
Police are scrutinizing CCTV for details that may help identify the attacker. The FBI is also involved in the investigation.
Second crime scene may be linked to mass shooting
Investigators are investigating a possible link at another dance hall near the Alhambra.
About 20 minutes after the Monterey Park shooting, a male Asian suspect walked into a second dance hall with a gun, Sheriff Luna said.
“Some people snatched the firearm from him and he took off,” Luna said.
No one was injured at the second location, and police obtained a confiscated weapon, but Luna did not elaborate on the type of gun or the gun used in the shooting.
“Various weapons are described…there are multiple clues that we’re tracking,” said Luna.
A white cargo van was seen leaving the Alhambra site, but officials don’t know if it was connected.
Agitation in Monterey Park community after attack
Earlier in the day, thousands of people attended the festival. The festival scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled by the authorities.
Rep. Judy Chu, former mayor of Monterey Park, said it was a terrifying situation.
“I can only imagine the fear, pain and anxiety they (victims and families) are feeling,” she said.
“It would be terrifying if something like this happened at a celebration.”
“Monterey Park is home to one of the largest #AAPI communities in the country. This is a time for residents to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones without fear of gun violence.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom said he was monitoring the situation closely.
US President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation by Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.
“The president was briefed by the Homeland Security Advisor regarding the Monterey Park shooting. As soon as it is, I have instructed it to be updated regularly today,” the White House statement said.
At least 10 dead in shooting near Los Angeles as crowds celebrate Lunar New Year
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