At least 10 people were fatally shot and another 10 were wounded on Saturday evening in Monterey Park, California, during a mass shooting at a ballroom dance studio. The shooter has not yet been captured by the police.
On Saturday night, at 10:22 p.m. in the local area, officers from the Monterey Park Police Department reacted to a report made to 911 that shots were heard. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shared details about this report in a statement Sunday morning.
Ten people were declared dead when the incident occurred, and an additional 10 were transported to nearby medical centers in varying states of health, from stable to critical. At this time, the identities of the victims have not yet been revealed.
At a press conference on Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna announced that the deceased victims in the incident were five females and five males.
The suspect was depicted as an Asian male between thirty and fifty years of age. Luna declared that the motive behind the shooting is still unknown.
Luna stated that around 20 to 30 minutes after the shooting in Monterey Park, an armed man entered a dance studio. Individuals in the studio forcibly took the weapon from him, and then the man ran away.
Suspecting that the shooting might have been a hate crime, Luna asked, “who walks into a dance hall and guns down 20 people?”
The authorities were able to locate a weapon from the location of Alhambra. According to Luna, the police think the firearm used in the Monterey Park incident was not a rifle that is of high caliber.
During the day, a large crowd had congregated in the vicinity to observe the festivities of the Lunar New Year.