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BREAKING: 10 shot dead around  Lunar New Year event

January 22, 2023
Dozens of police officers responded to a mass shooting that happened after a large Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California late Saturday night. (EPA) 

(CNN) — Authorities are searching for whoever killed 10 people Saturday night in Monterey Park, California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Officers responded to a business around 10:22 p.m. Saturday (1:22 a.m. ET Sunday) and found people “pouring out of the location, screaming,” Capt. Andrew Meyer said.

Ten people were pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s captain said.

“There were at least 10 other victims who were transported to numerous local hospitals and are listed in various conditions from stable to critical,” Meyer said.

The assailant fled the scene and remains at large Sunday morning, Meyer said.

“As far as motive goes, it’s too early in the investigation to know what the motive is,” Meyer said.

Monterey Park is about 7 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

About 65% of Monterey Park’s residents are of Asian descent, according to the US Census Bureau.

The shooting happened near Monterey Park’s Lunar New Year festival, which was scheduled to take place until 9 p.m. on Garvey Avenue between Garfield and Alhambra avenues.

Meyer said it was too early to know whether the massacre was a hate crime.

Past Lunar New Year events in the city have drawn crowds estimated at over 100,000 people from across Southern California, according to the city. It’s unclear how many people were still gathered in the area when shots were fired.

The local Lunar New Year festival that began Saturday and was scheduled to extend into Sunday has been canceled, Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese said Sunday.

“Out of an abundance of caution and reverence for the victims, we are canceling the event that’s going to happen later today,” Wiese said.

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