MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A gunman killed 10 people and injured 10 others at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance club following the Lunar New Year celebration, sparking a Search for the suspect in the latest American mass shooting tragedy. community.
Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that the injured were taken to hospitals and their conditions are stable to critical. He said all 10 people died at the scene in the city of Monterey Park.
Meyer said people were “running out of the venue screaming” when officers arrived at the scene around 10:30 pm She said officers entered the ballroom while firefighters were treating the injured.
The Lunar New Year celebration had drawn thousands. Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people with a large Asian population about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles.
It was the fifth mass shooting in the US this month and the deadliest since 21 people were killed at a school in Uvalde, Texas, according to The Associated Press/USA Today database on US mass murders. US people were killed in a Colorado Springs nightclub.
Seung Won Choi, owner of the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from the shooting, told the Los Angeles Times that three people ran into his business and told him to lock the door.
People also told Choi that there was a shooter with a gun that had several rounds of ammunition on him. Choi said he believes the shooting took place at a dance club.
Wong Wei, who lives nearby, told the Los Angeles Times that his friend was in a nightclub bathroom that night when the shooting began. When he got out, he said, he saw an armed man and three bodies.
The friend then fled home around 11 p.m., Wei said, adding that friends told him the shooter appeared to be firing indiscriminately with a long gun. “They don’t know why, so they run away,” he told the newspaper.
The shooting occurred near where thousands of people had attended a Lunar New Year celebration. Saturday marked the start of the two-day festival, which is one of the biggest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.
Videos posted on social media showed people being loaded onto stretchers and placed in ambulances. Other photos showed bloodied and bandaged victims being attended to by Monterey Park firefighters in a parking lot.
Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.