10 Killed After Shooting At LA Lunar Year Festival

TEN people have died following a shooting at a ballroom dance studio in the Californian city of Monterey Park, near Los Angeles, police said.

Police say another 10 people are injured and the suspect remains at large.

The shooting happened at about 22:20 local time on Saturday (06:20 GMT on Sunday).

Thousands of people had earlier gathered in the city for the Monterey Park Lunar New Year festival.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they were seeking a male suspect who fled the scene, but did not provide any other details about him.

Captain Andrew Meyer said that emergency services arrived on the scene and found patrons “pouring out of the location screaming”.

Officers then confirmed 10 people had died.

At least 10 others have been injured and are in local hospitals, where their conditions vary from stable to critical.

It is one of the worst shootings in California’s modern history – the deadliest was in 1984, when a gunman killed 21 people at a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, near San Diego.

Investigators said there was no clear motive and it was too early to say whether the incident was a hate crime.

Monterey Park has a population of about 60,000 people and is home to a large Asian community.

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