Captain Andrew Meyer of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau reported that some of the hospitalised victims suffered critical injuries. The Homicide Bureau is leading the investigation into the horrific shooting that began around 10:22 p.m.
According to ABC News, the incident occurred on West Garvey Avenue, near the downtown blocks where the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival was being hosted. The annual two-day street event commemorates the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
In previous years, the festival attracted up to 100,000 people per day. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over 65% of Monterey Park’s 60,000 inhabitants are identified as Asian Americans. The celebration was scheduled to end at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.
According to the police, the armed man started shooting when he entered a dance club where individuals were celebrating the holiday. After the horrendous act, the gunman fled the scene.
The police are currently unable to determine the weapon he was using. The organisers ultimately decided to cancel the festival’s second half, which was scheduled for Sunday.
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