There are reports of a mass shooting in Los Angeles during the celebration of Lunar New Year. The mass shooting has reportedly left at least nine people dead.
Quoting eye-witnesses, the Los Angeles Times reported that the shooting occurred at a dance studio on Garvey Avenue sometime after 10 PM local time.
The suspect is believed to be a male, police said.
Dozens of police personnel rushed to the crime scene with the footage shared on social media showing deserted, cordoned-off streets guarded by police cars.
Los Angeles City Controller Kenneth Mejia said in a tweet, “Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in our neighbouring city, Monterey Park, where a mass shooting just occurred.”
Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in our neighboring city, Monterey Park, where a mass shooting just occurred. Monterey Park is home to one of the largest Asian communities in Los Angeles County and many were out celebrating the Lunar New Year.
— Kenneth Mejia, CPA (@kennethmejiaLA) January 22, 2023
Monterey Park is a city in Los Angeles County’s San Gabriel Valley, approximately seven miles from downtown Los Angeles.