Ten people were killed, and at least another 10 were injured when a gunman opened fire in a dance studio following a Lunar New Year celebration near Los Angeles Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The shooting happened around 10:22 p.m. in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue.
Officials held a press conference updating the public. Officials said, when officers arrived, patrons were pouring out of the business “screaming.” Ten were pronounced dead at the scene and the other shooting victims were transported to the hospital in various conditions, ranging from stable to critical.
The suspect remains at large.
Witnesses said a man with a semiautomatic gun “shot randomly” at people inside a club in the popular Monterrey Park area. They said once his ammunition ran out, he reloaded.
BREAKING: LASD says ten people have now died in Monterey Park and at least ten others were transported in ranging conditions. No suspect is in custody. There is no description of the suspect, and no known motive. The Lunar New Year event happening here later today is cancelled. pic.twitter.com/T2deqhpzcQ
— Emily Holshouser (@emilyytayylor) January 22, 2023
Some scrambled to safety at a nearby seafood restaurant and begged the owner to lock the door.
Another woman ran to a friend’s home near the club and locked herself inside. She reported seeing a gunman with “a long gun” and saw bodies of victims, including one she believes was the owner of the nightclub.
Their stories were shared with the The LA Times.
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Monterey Park, a city of 61,000 in the San Gabriel Valley, has a majority Asian American population. Located east of Los Angeles, the suburb is 65% Asian American, 27% Latino and 6% white, according to census data.
Thousands of people attended the “Year of the Rabbit” celebration, which was scheduled to be held over the weekend. Due to the tragedy, Sunday’s activities have been canceled, reports said.
For updates, visit LATimes.com.