- 11 people were killed and 9 injured in a mass shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California on Saturday night.
- The shooting occurred as the city’s majority Asian community was celebrating the Lunar New Year.
- The community is in disbelief and shock, feeling very numb, and must come together to heal and to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.
The city of Monterey Park, California is in shock after a mass shooting at a dance studio on Saturday night left 11 people dead and nine others injured. The shooting occurred as the city’s majority Asian community was celebrating the Lunar New Year, turning the joyous occasion into one of tragedy and fear.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said at a Sunday news conference that those killed included five women and five men; the eleventh victim, described by the Los Angeles County coroner as a woman in her 70s, died at a hospital on Monday.
Mayor Henry Lo told CNN Monday night that the community is in disbelief and shock, feeling very numb. He said the city now faces a long road to recovery.
Rep. Judy Chu, who represents Monterey Park, said Monday that people are fearful of this kind of situation. She said the community must come together to heal and to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.
Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the shooting. Police said officers were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call that reported shots fired at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio at around 10 p.m. PT.