An unidentified man opened fire while thousands of people were in the city of Monterey Park, located about 13 km from Los Angeles, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

This is reported by the BBC.

According to the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, when law enforcement officers arrived at the scene of the incident, people were panicking and screaming.

The shots rang out in the dance hall after 10:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, January 21 (that is, at 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 22, Kyiv time).

Ten people were killed by bullets that the attacker fired from an automatic weapon.

At least ten more were injured, their condition ranging from stable to critical.

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There was a shooting in Monterey Park in California, killing 10 people.

At least 9 more were injured.

At the time, the neighborhood was celebrating Chinese New Year.

According to the police, the attacker is still at large, his motives are unknown.

— David Kime (@CyberRealms1) January 22, 2023

The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.

The city of Monterey Park and its surrounding area has a large Asian American population.

It's home to the annual Chinese New Year Festival, a weekend-long event that attracts large crowds, with over 100,000 visitors in past years.

The evening festivities on Saturday were supposed to end at 9:00 p.m. local time.

#BREAKING - MASS SHOOTING leaves 10+ DEAD at Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park.

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Although there was no shooting at the festival itself, the second day of Chinese New Year celebrations was canceled due to security concerns.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said yesterday's shooting was a "horrific act of gun violence."

"Monterey Park was supposed to host a night of joyous celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Instead, they became victims of a horrific and callous act of gun violence," he wrote on Twitter.

Monterey Park should have had a night of joyful celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Instead, they were the victims of a horrific and heartless act of gun violence.

Our hearts mourn as we learn more about the devastating acts of last night.

We are monitoring the situation closely.

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 22, 2023

We will remind, on January 14, in the center of London, an unknown person started shooting near the Euston station, as a result of which six people were injured.

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