Nine people killed in mass shooting near Los Angeles as crowds celebrated Lunar New Year

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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.

Dozens of police officers have responded to reports of a shooting that occurred after a large Lunar New Year celebration had ended in a community east of Los Angeles late on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).
Dozens of police officers have responded to reports of a shooting that occurred after a large Lunar New Year celebration had ended in a community east of Los Angeles late on Saturday (Sunday AEDT). (AP)
Investigators gather at a scene where a shooting took place in Monterey Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Dozens of police officers responded to reports of a shooting that occurred after a large Lunar New Year celebration in a community east of Los Angeles late Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Investigators gather at a scene where a shooting took place in Monterey Park. (AP)
A police vehicle is seen near a scene where a shooting took place in Monterey Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Dozens of police officers responded to reports of a shooting that occurred after a large Lunar New Year celebration had ended in a community east of Los Angeles late Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A police vehicle is seen near a scene where a shooting took place in Monterey Park. (AP)

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.

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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.

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