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9 dead after Chinese Lunar New Year shooting in US, man had machine gun: Report

World News9 dead after Chinese Lunar New Year shooting in US, man had machine gun: Report

Dozens of police officers responded. Shooting Late Saturday there were reports from a community in California in the United States where a crowd of tens of thousands had finished celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Los Angeles Times said. Officials have not provided details, but multiple casualties are feared.

The shooting happened in Monterey Park – a city of about 60,000 people with an Asian population about 10 miles (16 km) from downtown Los Angeles.

Seung Won Choi, who owns a seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting took place – told the Los Angeles Times that three people entered his establishment and pleaded with him to close the door.

Choi said they told him the shooter had a machine gun with several rounds of ammunition, and that the shooting allegedly took place at a dance club.

The condition of the shooter is currently unknown. Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that at least 12 people were killed.

A local news wire – City News Service – quoted a female sheriff’s deputy – M. McClendon – as saying the shooting was ‘an isolated incident’.

The scene, which has surfaced on social media, shows a deserted intersection partially cordoned off with police sirens in the background.

Other images show people being rushed to nearby hospitals in ambulances and some sitting on the side of the road receiving medical treatment.

Edwin Chen, a 47-year-old delivery dispatcher, ran from Woodland Hills when he heard the news. About a dozen family and friends live in Monterey Park.

“This is the place [supposed to be] Happy times… I want to know more and more. It’s still shocking,” he told The Times.

Hindustan Times cannot independently verify these visuals.

The incident happened shortly after 10pm on Saturday, the Times said.

Journalists from news agency AFP – who were at the scene – said there was a large police presence and the area was sealed off by helicopters.

“Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in our neighboring city, Monterey Park, where a mass shooting just happened,” LA City Comptroller Kenneth Mejia tweeted.


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