9 people died in a shooting near Los Angeles after celebrating the Lunar New Year

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MONTEREY PARK, CALIF. — At least nine people were killed in a mass shooting at a business in a city east of Los Angeles late Saturday after a Lunar New Year celebration that drew thousands, police said.

The shooting in Monterey Park was reported at 10:22 p.m. at an unidentified business on Harvey Avenue, Sgt. This was announced by Bob Boes of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The shooter is a man, Boes said early Sunday. It remained unclear if he was still being sought, if he had been captured, or if he was among the dead.

Officials did not release any information for several hours after dozens of police officers responded to reports of the shooting.

Monterey Park is an Asian city of about 60,000 located approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles.

It was the fifth mass shooting in the U.S. this month and the deadliest since 21 people were killed at a school in Uwald, Texas, according to the Associated Press/USA Today U.S. Mass Homicide Database. The latest violence comes two months after five people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.

Seung Won Choi, who owns the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from the shooting, told the Los Angeles Times that three men broke into his business and told him to lock the doors.

People also told Choi that there was a shooter with a shotgun who had several rounds of ammunition. Tsoi said he believed the shooting happened at a dance club.

Boes did not name the business, but said it is in the 120 block of Harvey Ave. One of the businesses on the block is Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where an event called “Starry Night” was held from 8 to 11:30 p.m. , according to the calendar on its website.

Wong Wei, who lives nearby, told the Los Angeles Times that his friend was in the bathroom at the dance club the night the shooting began. When she came out, he said, she saw a gunman and three bodies.

The friend then fled to his home around 11 p.m., Wei said, adding that his friends told him the shooter was firing indiscriminately with a long gun. “They don’t know why, that’s why they’re running,” he told the newspaper.

The shooting happened not far from where thousands of people were attending the Lunar New Year celebration. Saturday marked the beginning of the two-day festival, which is one of the largest New Year’s events in Southern California.

Videos posted on social media show people being loaded onto stretchers and put into ambulances. Other photos showed bloodied and bandaged victims being treated by firefighters in a Monterey Park parking lot.

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Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.

9 people died in a shooting near Los Angeles after celebrating the Lunar New Year

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