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US police are hunting a gunman who killed 10 people in a Lunar New Year shooting

Police were involved Sunday in a clash with a man they believe killed 10 people in a mass shooting at a dance club during Lunar New Year celebrations in California. police as an Asian woman fired indiscriminately at a club in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles, witnesses said. Robert Luna said. Luna said police responded to emergency calls just after 10pm on Saturday (0600 GMT on Sunday) and found people pouring out of the premises. Five of the dead were women and five men, officials said, without giving ages or names. Luna said at least 10 people were injured, some critically. The sheriff said he didn’t believe the shooter used an assault rifle, but he didn’t elaborate. – Incident nearby – Luna also described a second incident in the nearby Alhambra some 20 minutes later, in which an Asian man with a gun entered a dance studio but was overpowered and disarmed. The man escaped and was not injured. The Alhambra is about two miles north of Monterey Park. Luna said investigators are investigating whether the incidents were related. Late Sunday morning, police were involved in a fight surrounding a vehicle in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. while a large number of police cars were parked nearby. The development came when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released photos of the man they are looking for. The images, apparently from surveillance cameras, show an Asian man wearing a beanie hat and glasses. Year of the Rabbit” – Monterey Park, just a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, is home to about 60,000 people, most of them of Asian or Asian descent. We don’t know if this is specifically a hate crime as defined by law,” Luna said, “but who walks into a dance hall and shoots 20 people?” While the gunman remained at large, the sheriff said it was safe for people to attend neighborhood related events Sheriff’s deputies in Monterey Park remained at the scene, an AFP reporter told AFP, with decorations erected for the Lunar New Year hanging preposterously on police tape. A banner above the street read “Happy Year of the Rabbit,” a center worker on a walk with U.S. President Joe Biden tweeted that he and his wife, Jill, are “praying for those killed and injured in last night’s fatal shooting in Monterey Park,” adding, “I am monitoring the situation closely.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences, tweeting: “My heart breaks for the people of Monterey Park.” May 24. Mon resident Terey Park’s Wong Wei told the Los Angeles Times that his friend was in the bathroom of the dance club when the shooting broke out. When she came out, she saw a man with a long gun and shooting blindly. The bodies of two women and a man lay on the floor. The newspaper reported that Seung Won Choi, who owns a nearby restaurant, said three people ran into the premises and told him to shut the door. a man with a semi-automatic pistol that had multiple rounds and reloaded multiple times. Tens of thousands of people had gathered earlier for the two-day Lunar New Year festival, one of the largest in the area. Events scheduled for Sunday were canceled after the attack. “My heart is broken for the victims, their families and the people of my hometown,” Representative Judy Chu, the former mayor of Monterey Park, said on Twitter. Chu was at the scene, joining the festivities hours before the shooting, when the crowd was still large. “It could have been a lot worse,” she said. – A hate crime? – Officials said detectives are reviewing surveillance footage and do not yet know if the suspect is targeting a specific group. The U.S. Department of Justice reported that more than 7,000 hate crimes were reported in the U.S. in 2021, two-thirds of them racially motivated. shootings in which at least four people were shot or killed by the shooter, according to the Gun Violence Archive website. In addition to the shooting in California, 12 other people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Louisiana, local media reported. In 2022, more than 44,000 people died from gunshot wounds in the United States, more than half of which were suicides. The country has more guns than people.hg/des

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