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Shooting in Monterey Park: Police are looking for an Asian man as the alleged perpetrator of the massacre

the police of USA looking for an Asian man as the alleged perpetrator of the mass shooting this Saturday in Monterey Parknear Los Angeles, in which ten people died and another ten were injured.

Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna said that the description they have received of the suspect corresponds to that of an Asian manwho fled.

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The shooting occurred around 10:22 p.m. local time on Saturday (06:22 GMT today) in a dance hall in Monterey Parkabout 13 kilometers east of The Angels.

Luna indicated in a press conference that when the agents arrived at the place they declared ten people dead. Another ten people were transferred injured to different hospitals in the area, some of them in critical condition.

Five of the fatalities were men and the other ten women.

It is still being investigated whether that shooting is related to an incident that occurred about 20 minutes later in the neighboring suburb of alhambrato the north of Monterey Parkalso in a dance hall and in which those present managed to disarm the assailant, who fled without firing a shot.

“Our priority is to arrest whoever did it, charge him and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law, whatever his motive”added the sheriff in his appearance before the press.

The authorities still cannot determine that it was a “hate crime”: “Everything is on the table. We don’t know if this is specifically a hate crime defined by law, but who walks into a dance hall and shoots 20 people?

In Monterey Park, where according to official data 65.5% of the residents are of Asian origin, thousands of people had gathered hours before to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The festival was scheduled to continue today, but was cancelled.

“Let everyone be clear that our Police Department will continue to protect the safety of those who live in Monterey Park every day,” added the mayor, Henry Lo, in that joint intervention before the media.

Source: Elcomercio

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