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Update (1432ET):

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna tweeted several images of the suspect.

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Update (1240ET):

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna described the suspect as an Asian male between the ages of 30 and 50. 

“Our very preliminary description has been described as a male Asian,” Luna said

“We don’t know if this is specifically a hate crime defined by law, but who walks into a dance hall and guns down 20 people? The description we have now is of a male Asian. Does that matter? I don’t know. I can tell you everything is on the table,” he continued. 

Luna added that police are “utilizing every resource to apprehend this suspect and what we believe to be one of the county’s most heinous cases.” 

The suspect remains at large. 

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Ten people were killed and at least ten others injured when a gunman opened fire at a dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California. 

“Officers from the Monterey Park Police Department responded to a local business in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue in the city of Monterey Park regarding shots fired call,” Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters. He said the mass shooting happened at 2222 local time. 

The address of the incident area Meyer provided shows a small strip mall that includes “Star Dance Studio.” 

“When officers arrived on scene, they observed numerous individuals, patrons of the location pouring out of the location, screaming,” he said. “The officers made entry to the location and located additional victims.”

Meyer confirmed ten people died in the shooting. Ten others, he said, “were transported to numerous local hospitals and are listed in various conditions from stable to critical.”

Unconfirmed footage from within the dance club surfaced on social media after the attack. 

The suspect’s motive remains unclear. Meyer did not describe the suspect at the news conference. “All I can tell you is that it was a firearm that was used,” he said. A manhunt is underway. 

The New Yorker’s Michael Lou pointed out Monterey Park has a “majority Asian American population”: 

“Monterey Park, a city of 61,000 in the San Gabriel Valley, has a majority Asian American population. Located east of Los Angeles, the suburb is 65% Asian American, 27% Latino, and 6% white, according to census data,” he tweeted.

The shooting happened in the vicinity of Monterey Park’s Lunar New Year celebration and attracted thousands.   


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