Nine people were killed in a mass shooting in the city of Monterey Park, California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The city, about eight miles (13 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, is home to a large number of ethnic Asians.
Police said the suspect was male, but it was not clear if he was still at large. Reports said the shooting took place at a dance venue an hour after a Lunar New Year celebration.
Footage posted on social media showed injured people on stretchers being taken to ambulances by emergency staff. Around the scene of the shooting – reported to have been at a dance club – police guarded cordoned-off streets, the video showed.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Seung Won Choi, who owns a seafood barbecue restaurant near the scene said three people had run into his restaurant and told him to lock the door.