At least nine people have been killed in a mass shooting in a city east of Los Angeles that was celebrating Lunar New Year.
Sgt. Bob Boese of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said early Sunday that the shooting occurred at a business on Garvey Ave in Monterey Park. The shooter is a male, Boese said.
Officials provided no information for several hours after dozens of police officers had responded to reports of the shooting.
The city of about 60,000 people has a large Asian population and is about 16 kilometres from downtown Los Angeles.
Earlier in the day, thousands of people attended the annual festival.
Seung Won Choi, who owns the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting happened, told the Los Angeles Times that three people rushed into his business and told him to lock the door.
The people also told Choi that there was a shooter with a machine gun who had multiple rounds of ammunition on him so he could reload. Choi said he believes the shooting took place at a dance club.
The newspaper reported that the shooting happened after 10pm local time.
Saturday was the start of the two-day festival, which is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.