The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported that a shooting occurred Saturday night in a city east of Los Angeles, leaving at least 10 people dead and 10 more injured.
Around 10:22 p.m. local time, shots were heard inside a ballroom dance facility owned by Chinese people on West Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park.
According to Captain Andrew Meyer of the LA County Sheriff's Department, when local officers arrived, they discovered "people flooding out of the location."
At least ten patients with states ranging from stable to critical were sent to local hospitals.
Authorities in the area are searching for a man who escaped following the incident. About two miles north of Monterey Park in Alhambra, where a second incident might have occurred, police are also looking into it.
Meyer did not elaborate on the shooter's identity or potential motivation. He continued by saying it wasn't apparent if the shooting was a deliberate act of hatred.
The probe also involves the FBI and state officials.
According to the Census Bureau, Monterey Park is home to about 59000 individuals, 65 percent of whom identify as Asian.
At the conclusion of the first day of a two-day street event to mark the Lunar New Year, the attack took place. One of Southern California's largest free street fairs, the occasion, which started on the night of the Lunar New Year, regularly draws audiences of over 100,000 visitors and over a hundred food vendors, performers, and retailers. According to Monterey Park Police, the gunshot has forced the cancellation of the festival.
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