At least 10 people killed in mass shooting

At least 10 people have been killed and multiple others injured in a mass shooting at a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park, California on Saturday night, with the suspect still at large.

Capt. Andrew Meyer from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau reported 10 victims were pronounced dead on the scene, and 10 were taken to nearby hospitals with varying conditions from stable to critical. The suspect, identified as a male, fled the scene after the shooting and is yet to be located.

When the officers arrived at the dance ballroom around 10:30 pm, people were “pouring out of the location screaming”, and the officers entered the club to help the wounded. The firearm used has yet to be identified and it is too early to tell if the gunman had any connections to the victims or if it was a hate crime. Police are investigating a separate incident in the nearby city of Alhambra to determine a possible connection, with no reported injuries.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted that Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall has briefed President Biden, who directed her to provide support to the local authorities and keep him updated. The Monterey Park Fire Department confirmed the shooting, but could not confirm how many were affected by the gunfire.

Sgt. Bob Boese of the sheriff’s department confirmed the shooter is a male, but did not provide any other details.

The Lunar festival scheduled to take place at Monterey Park on Sunday was cancelled as a precautionary measure. The Lunar New Year festival featured vendors, food, entertainment and rides, and reportedly drew over 100,000 visitors from the Southern California area.