Mass Shooting in Monterey Park, California, At Least 10 Dead

January 22, 2023

MONTEREY PARK, CA—A mass shooting took place in a Chinese dance studio in Monterey Park, California late Saturday night. Initial reports indicate at least 16 people were wounded—two in critical condition—and at least 10 dead.

Police have yet to officially confirm the exact number of dead and injured, according to i24News.

The suspect has not yet been taken into custody and is still at large. No racial description of the suspect has been given.

The motive behind the attack is not known. The shooting took place around 10 p.m. during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations on Garvey Avenue.

Monterey Park has a large Asian-American population and Saturday afternoon kicked off a two-day Lunar New Year Festival, one of the largest in the area.

Seung Won Choi is an owner of a seafood barbecue restaurant on Garvey Avenue across from where the shooting happened. He told the Los Angeles Times there were people who rushed into his restaurant and told him to lock the door.

They told him there was a man with a “long gun” in the area. The shooter had multiple rounds of ammunition on him and reloaded his weapon after magazine dumping indiscriminately.

Some witnesses and residents are speculating this attack may have been racially motivated. The shooter chose Lunar New Year to attack.

Monterey Park is about 65% Asian, 27% Latino, and 6% Caucasian and is considered a safe neighborhood.

Feature Screenshot via CBS Los Angeles YouTube

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