9 Dead in Shooting Near Los Angeles After Lunar New Year Event

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At least nine people have been killed following a mass shooting late Saturday at a city east of downtown Los Angeles, about an hour after a Lunar New Year event that was attended by thousands.

The shooting was reported at 10:22 p.m. and occurred at a business on Garvey Ave. in Monterey Park, according to Sgt. Bob Boese of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

The shooter is a male, Boese told reporters early on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of people had attended a Lunar New Year festival in Monterey Park earlier in the day. It’s one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California, and Saturday was the start of the two-day festival.

The annual festival previously drew crowds of more than 100,000 people.

Officials had offered no information for several hours after police officers had responded to the shooting.

Seung Won Choi, an owner of a restaurant near where the shooting happened, told the Los Angeles Times that three people rushed into his property and told him to lock the door, adding that there was a man with a machine gun in the area.

They said the shooter had multiple rounds of ammunition on him, Choi told the LA Times, adding that he believes the shooting took place at a dance club.

Monterey Park is about 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Los Angeles. It has a population of about 60,000 people, a large portion of which are Asian.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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