LOS ANGELES — At least 10 people were killed and at least 10 more injured in a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, on Saturday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
«Investigators are looking into all leads in this case,» Capt. Andrew Meyer of the department’s homicide division said at a news conference Sunday morning, adding that they were reviewing security camera footage near the the scene in a dance club.
“We have 10 who died on scene,” he said, adding that he believed at least 10 people had been taken to hospital with “critical to stable injuries.”
Meyer said people were «running out of the location screaming» when officers arrived at the location around 10:30 p.m. local time (1:30 a.m. ET). He said officers then entered the ballroom while firefighters treated the injured.
Police and fire units could be seen invading the area in a video posted on social media. Others showed victims being transferred to ambulances.
Sgt. Bob Boese of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the Associated Press that the shooter is male.
Meyer said at the news conference that the suspect fled the scene and remains at large. More information on the suspect will be provided once it becomes available, he said.
«As far as the suspect knows any of the victims, it’s too early in the investigation to know that,» he said, adding that it was also too early to know what the motive is.
The shooting came after thousands of people gathered for a Lunar New Year Festival in the small city about 10 miles east of Los Angeles of about 60,000 people with a large Asian population.
The two-day event features «food stalls with various types of delicious items, carnival rides and lots of live entertainment,» according to the city’s website.
Meyer said police «will be looking at all angles to see if it was a hate crime or not,» but added that it was too early in the investigation to know if the incident was racially motivated.
The event was canceled Sunday out of respect for the victims, Chief Scott Wiese of the Monterey Park Police Department said at the news conference.
The latest violence comes two months after five people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.
Linda Takahashi reported from Los Angeles, Cristian Santana from New York and Leila Sackur from London.