Monterey Park mass shooting

10 people were killed and 10 others injured in a gruesome mass shooting in the city of Monterey Park, California on Saturday, January 21, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. It was reported that the suspect in the case could not be detained.

The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. m. at 122 West Garvey Avenue, near the intersection of Garvey and Garfield avenues. It apparently occurred shortly after a town’s ‘Year of the Rabbit’ Lunar New Year celebration. Thousands of people attended the two-day celebration. Police and emergency medical personnel were on the scene as roads in the area are closed.

“The suspect fled the scene and remains pending,” LASD Capt. Andrew Meyer said during a news conference Sunday, Jan. 22. Meanwhile, Deputy Tracy Koerner also revealed that the suspect was a man. “It’s too early in the investigation to know if this was a hate crime,” Meyer said, adding that it “appears to be” an isolated incident. According to the Pasadena Star News, she further noted that first responders at the crime scene found people leaving the scene “screaming.”


Witnesses reported hearing gunshots but initially assumed it was fireworks during a Lunar New Year night. Seung Won Choi, owner of the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting occurred, told CBS that some people came into his restaurant and asked him to close his place. He also noted that some other witnesses told him that there was a shooter with a machine gun, who had several rounds of ammunition for him to reload.

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After the incident, several images began circulating on social media, showing police officers and fire department officers taking victims to nearby hospitals. Taking to Twitter, Los Angeles government official Kenneth expressed his condolences to the victims and their families, writing: “Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in our neighboring city of Monterey Park where just a mass shooting happened. Monterey Park is home to one of the largest Asian communities in Los Angeles County and many were celebrating Lunar New Year.”

Diamond Bar Mayor Andrew Chou also took to Twitter of his, writing: “Our prayers are with our friends and colleagues in the great city of Monterey Park. We stand ready to provide our support during this difficult time as we await further confirmed details of an alleged mass shooting incident.”Read More….


Anyone with information about the shooting was encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Information can be provided anonymously to ‘Crime Stoppers’ by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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