California – On Saturday night, ten people were killed, and at least ten others were injured in a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California.
The shooting occurred at a ballroom dance studio in the city at 10:22 P.M. as people were celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Monterey Park is a predominantly Asian-American city and was hosting the first night of its annual Lunar New Year Celebration at the time of the shooting.
According to police, a lone gunman fled the scene, and it is currently unclear if the attack was targeted or motivated by hate.
First responders found ten victims fatally shot at the ballroom dance studio and transported at least ten additional victims to local hospitals, some in critical condition.
Police are also investigating if the shooting is connected to another incident in a nearby suburb.
The Lunar Festival has been canceled out of caution and respect for the victims.
The festival draws over 100,000 visitors daily and includes food vendors, entertainers, and merchants.
The Lunar New Year festival began on Saturday morning and ended around 9:00 P.M. local time, more than an hour before the shooting.
The city of Los Angeles expressed condolences for the victims and their families in the wake of the tragedy.
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