At least nine dead in California shooting after Asian New Year
A man allegedly opened fire at a business in Monterey Park. Eyewitnesses tell the LA Times that the gunman carried an automatic weapon and began firing at around 10 p.m. local time. It is not yet clear whether he had a racist motive.
DEVELOPING: At least 16 people shot during Lunar New Year festivities in Monterey Park, California https://t.co/cjHiYGEoIs
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Images are circulating on social media of paramedics tending to the injured and officers protecting the scene of the shooting.
A large Asian New Year celebration was held at this location earlier in the day. Thousands of visitors came to see it. Monterey Park is located about six miles outside of downtown Los Angeles. A large Asian community lives here.
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