MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Nine people were killed in a mass shooting late Saturday night in a city east of Los Angeles following a Lunar New Year celebration that drew thousands of people, police said.
Sergeant Bob Bowes of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the shooting arrived at 10:22 p.m. and took place at the Garvey Avenue office in Monterey Park. The shooter was a man, Boz said early Sunday.
Officials did not provide any information for several hours after dozens of police officers responded to reports of the shooting.
Monterey Park is a city of approximately 60,000 people with a large Asian population located about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
Seung Won Choi, owner of Clam House, a seafood barbecue restaurant located across the street from where the shooting took place, told the Los Angles Times that three men broke into his establishment and ordered him to lock the door.
People also told Choi that there was a shooter with a submachine gun who had several bullets so he could reload. Choi said he believed the shooting happened at a dance club.
Saturday kicked off the two-day festival, which is one of the biggest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.