Nine dead in California shooting

Nine dead in California shooting

Nine people were killed in a shooting Saturday night in a predominantly Asian-populated town in southern California, law enforcement officials said Sunday.

Specialist investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office are “assisting Monterey Park Police in an investigation into a fatal shooting,” according to a statement. “There are nine people who died.”

The alleged shooter is a man, the statement added, but no information was available on whether he was still at large.

The shooting occurred near a site where the Lunar New Year had just been celebrated in Monterey Park, a city of some 61,000 inhabitants of majority Asian origin, located about 13 km east of the center of Los Angeles. .

According to press reports, the shooting occurred in a dance hall on Saturday evening, an hour after the Lunar New Year holiday.

A resident of the city, Wong Wei, told the Los Angeles Times that his friend was in the club and was in the bathroom when the shots broke out. When she came out, she saw an armed man and three bodies – two women and a person he identified as the club boss.

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