Ten people were killed in a shooting Saturday night in a predominantly Asian Southern California city, law enforcement officials said Sunday.
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The accused, a man, was absconding on Sunday, police said.
“The suspect fled the scene,” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office Capt. Andrew Meyer told reporters in Monterey Park.
Special investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office are “assisting Monterey Park police with an investigation into a fatal shooting,” according to a statement. “Nine dead.”
The press release confirms that the alleged shooter was a man.
Los Angeles The shooting happened near a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, a mostly Asian city of about 61,000 about 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
According to press reports, the shooting took place at the dance hall on Saturday evening, an hour after the Lunar New Year holiday.
According to the newspaper Los Angeles TimesTens of thousands of people gathered for the two-day celebration, one of the largest of its kind in Southern California.
said Monterey Park resident Wong Wei Los Angeles Times Her friend was at the club and in the bathroom when the scenes erupted. When she came out she saw an armed man and three bodies – two women and a person she identified as the club boss.
The daily also quoted Seung Won Choi, the owner of a nearby restaurant, as saying that three people ran into the establishment and told them to lock the door.
The three men told the newspaper that a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition had reloaded his weapon without fail.
America is paying a very high price for the proliferation of guns in its territory and easy access to them by Americans.
The country has more personal firearms than residents: one in three adults owns at least one gun and nearly one in two adults lives in a household with a gun.
The result of this proliferation is a much higher rate of gun deaths in the United States than in other developed countries.
About 49,000 people died from gunshot wounds in 2021, and 45,000 in 2020, already a record year. This represents more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides.