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Nine people die in shooting near Los Angeles after Lunar New Year celebrations

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.

Police were investigating the scene of a shooting in Monterey Park, California on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Los Angeles late Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Jae S. Hong / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Two police officers stood guard near the scene of the shooting in Monterey Park.
Two police officers stood guard near the scene of the shooting in Monterey Park, California on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Dozens of police officers responded to reports of the shooting, which occurred after the end of a large Lunar New Year celebration in a community east of Los Angeles late Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Jae S. Hong / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A police car blocked the street near the scene of the shooting in Monterey Park.
A police car blocked the street near the scene of the shooting in Monterey Park, California on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Dozens of police responded to reports of the shooting, which came after a large Lunar New Year celebration ended in a community east of Los Angeles late Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Jae S. Hong / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A police officer was standing near the scene of the shooting in Monterey Park, California,...
A police officer stood near the scene of the shooting in Monterey Park, California on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Dozens of police responded to reports of the shooting, which came after a large Lunar New Year celebration ended in a community east of Los Angeles late Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Jae S. Hong / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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