California shooting kills 10, suspect still at large

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California shooting kills 10, suspect still at large

Authorities have announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is cooperating with the investigation.

At least 10 people have been killed and 10 others injured in a shooting that occurred Saturday night in Southern California.

Ten people, five men and as many women, were found dead at the scene, authorities said.

Police Capt. Andrew Meyer said all 10 injured were taken to hospital and their condition varies from person to person, ranging from stable to critical.

The alleged perpetrator of the fatal shooting remained at large on Sunday, more than five hours after the attack, police said, adding that the FBI is collaborating in the investigation. investigation.

At this time, our very preliminary description is of an Asian male, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert G. Luna, during a morning press briefing.

The investigation could take weeks or even months, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Scott Wiese said.

Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department during a briefing to media representatives.

The shooting occurred at 10:22 p.m. local time near a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, a city of some 61,000 people, mostly Indians. Asian origin, located about eight miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

People were leaving the place screaming when officers arrived at the scene, he added. Law enforcement then entered the dance hall where the events unfolded while firefighters treated the injured.

We don't know s' this is a hate crime, Sheriff Luna said, but all speculation is on the table.

Investigators are also verifying information on a link possible with an attempted shooting that same night at another club in nearby Alhambra, the captain added.

According to the authorities, this attempted shooting was foiled, the suspect having been tackled to the ground and disarmed without causing any casualties.

A screenshot showing the dance hall where yesterday's events took place.

Town resident Wong Wei told the < em>Los Angeles Timesthat her friend was in the room and was in the bathroom when the shots broke out. When she came out, she allegedly saw a man with a long-barreled gun and three bodies, that of two women and a person he identified as the boss. of the room.

The daily also quotes Seung Won Choi, the owner of a nearby restaurant, as saying that three people ran into his establishment to seek refuge and told him to lock the door.

These three people said that there was a man with a semi-automatic rifle and loaded with ammunition who reloaded his weapon regularly, the restaurateur told the newspaper.

US President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting by Homeland Security Advisor [Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall] and asked her to ensure the FBI provides full support to local authorities, tweeted White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the families and friends of the victims on Twitter. I am heartbroken for the people of Monterey Park, California. Their Lunar New Year celebrations have been violently interrupted and their lives are forever turned upside down, he wrote.

US Congresswoman Judy Chu, who also served as three-term mayor of Monterey Park, said she was shocked that such events were occurring as Asian communities took part in New Year's Eve festivities around the world. /p>

According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, tens of thousands of people gathered for the two-day festivities, which are among the largest of their kind in Southern California.

Due to the tragic events of Saturday night, the festivities – which were scheduled to continue into Sunday – have now been cancelled, Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Weise told CNN.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the victims, the Lunar Festival in Monterey Park has been canceled, he told reporters at a news conference.

We will look at all aspects to determine if it is a hate crime or not. It is simply too early in the investigation to know, Captain Andrew Meyer said.

The United States is paying a very heavy price because of the spread of firearms in their territory and the ease with which Americans have access to them.

The country has more personal weapons than inhabitants: one in three adults owns at least one weapon and almost one in two adults lives in a household where there is a weapon.

The consequence of this proliferation is the very high rate high in gun deaths in the United States, with no comparison to other developed countries.

About 49,000 people died from gunshot wounds in 2021, compared to 45,000 in 2020, which was already a record year, accounting for more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides.

With information from Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, CNN, and&n bsp;Los Angeles Times

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