10 killed in Monterey Park close to Los Angeles

At least 10 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting rampage at a dance club after a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California, authorities said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a brief statement saying the shooting was reported at 10:22 pm Saturday. The gunman remained at-large

“Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are responding to assist Monterey Park Police Department with a shooting death investigation,” the statement said. The initial death toll was nine, authorities later said 10 people had died.

Monterey Park is a city of 60,000 people about 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The shooting took place shortly after a Lunar New Year’s celebration had brought thousands of people to the city, which has a majority-Asian population.

Development:

►Sheriff’s Capt. Andrew Meyer said Sunday the shooter was male but provided no description or motive for the carnage.

►Saturday was the start of the two-day festival, which is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.

Some wounded in critical condition

Meyer said Sunday that the wounded were taken to hospitals and their conditions range from stable to critical. He said the 10 people died at the scene in the city of Monterey Park.

Meyer said people were “pouring out of the location screaming” when officers arrived on the scene at around 10:30 pm He said officers then went into the dance ballroom as firefighters treated the wounded.

Wong Wei, who lives nearby, told the Los Angeles Times that a friend had gone to the dance club that night with a group of friends. His friend was in the bathroom when the shooting started, Wei said. His friend came out and saw a gunman and the bodies of two women and a club manager, Wei said. The group of friends fled to Wei’s home, he said.

The shooter appeared to fire indiscriminately, his friends told him.

“They don’t know why, so they run,” he told the Times.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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