Mass Shooting Occurred in Monterey Park California, 10 Dead, 10 injured and Shooter Reported Possibly Deceased

An Asian adult male walked into a dance studio in Monterey Park, CA in LA County, and opened fire. It has been reported that 10 individuals were pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the shooting, with approximately 10 more who are injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna shared images of the suspected shooter on Twitter along with:

“On Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 10:22 PM the suspect male/adult/Asian pictured above was involved in a shooting. Investigators have identified him as a Homicide suspect and he should be considered armed and dangerous. Contact LASD Homicide with any information at 323-890-5000.”

Sunday afternoon reports are now surfacing that police are in a standoff with the suspected shooter who is in a white van. There are also reports that the diver of the van may have shot himself.

The shooting happened at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio according to CNN. Officers responded to the studio around 10:22 pm on Saturday. People were “pouring out of the location, screaming” according to Capt. Andrew Meyer of LA County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly after this shooing a group of people wrestled a gun away from an Asian man at a dance studio in nearby Alhambra shortly after the first shooting. Police are still working to see if the two incidents were related, according to Luna.

Luna also tweeted out his condolences for the family and shared he stands in solidarity with the APPI community, promising to bring justice to the victims.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by last night’s shooting in the @CityofMPK. On behalf of @LASDHQ I offer my most sincere condolescences to the victim’s families. I stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and will work tirelessly to bring justice to the victims”

This attack comes as the community was celebrating the Lunar New Year. Events that were set to take place Sunday have been canceled according to Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese.

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