Horrific Shooting Spree at Lunar New Year Festival Leaves 10 Dead in Monterey Park
At least 10 people have died and 10 more injured after a 72-year-old Asian man opened fire at a nightclub in Monterey Park, Los Angeles County, during the Lunar New Year celebration. After a 12-hour manhunt, the suspect was found driving a van with a wanted notice in Torrance, where he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation is currently underway to determine the motive of the shooting. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna described the attack as “extremely tragic incident”. He said the suspect shooting with a magazine-fed semi-automatic assault pistol and “had a high-capacity extended magazine”.
Witnesses said the suspect fired indiscriminately and that three people ran into a nearby seafood restaurant asking the owner to lock the door. At the second incident, two brave members of the community managed to tackle and disarm him before he fled.
Rep. Judy Chu, a former Monterey Park mayor, paid her tribute to the victims and their families saying, “My heart is broken”. President Joe Biden has ordered flags on public buildings across the country to fly at half-mast until Jan. 26 “a sign of respect for the victims” of the shooting.
According to the Gun Violence Archive website, the Monterey Park shooting was the deadliest since the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, back in May 2022. 647 mass shootings, defined as incidents involving four or more people shot or killed, not including the shooter, occured in 2020, the website reports.