Suspect of mass shooting in California, 72, found dead

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US police hunt for gunman who killed 10 people in gun attack on Lunar New Year

Police got into a shootout on Sunday with a man they believe killed 10 people at a dance club during the Lunar New Year celebrations in California. Witnesses said they indiscriminately opened fire at the club in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles, for being Asian. Robert Luna said. Police responded to emergency calls just after 10 pm on Saturday (0600 GMT Sunday) and found people pouring out of the building. “Unfortunately,” he added, paramedics “determined that 10 victims died at the scene.” Authorities said five of those who died were women and five were men, without giving their ages or names. Luna said at least 10 people were injured, some in serious condition. The sheriff did not believe the attacker used an assault rifle, but did not elaborate. – Nearby incident -Luna also described a second incident in the nearby Alhambra about 20 minutes later when an armed Asian man entered a dance studio but was intervened and disarmed. The man escaped and no injuries were reported. The Alhambra is about two miles north of Monterey Park. Luna said investigators are investigating whether the incidents are connected. Late Sunday morning, police engaged in a shootout around a vehicle in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. , with numerous police cars standing nearby. The development came when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released photos of the man they were looking for. Footage from the security cameras, it seems, shows an Asian man wearing a beanie hat and glasses. ‘Year of the Rabbit’—Just a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, Monterey Park is home to nearly 60,000 people, mostly Asian or Asian-American. ,” said Luna, “but who walks into a dance hall and shoots 20 people?” Decorations for Lunar New Year were hung against the police tape, an AFP reporter said. A banner over the street read, “Happy Year of the Rabbit.” US President Joe Biden tweeted that he and his wife, Jill, “prayed for those killed and injured in the deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park last night,” adding, “I’m watching this. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences by tweeting, “My heart breaks for the people of Monterey Park.” May 24. Monterey Park resident Wong Wei told the Los Angeles Times that his friend was in the bathroom of his dance club when the fire broke out. When he came out, he saw a man carrying a long gun and shooting indiscriminately. The bodies of two women and a man lay on the ground. The newspaper reported that Seung Won Choi, the owner of a nearby restaurant, three people broke into the establishment and told him to lock the door. Three people tell Choi there is a semi-automatic gunman with multiple bullets and reloading. Tens of thousands of people had previously gathered for the two-day Lunar New Year festival, one of the region’s biggest festivals. “My heart is broken for the victims, their families and the people in my hometown,” Representative Judy Chu, the former mayor of Monterey Park, said on Twitter. attending the festivities at the scene, hours before the shoot, while the crowd is still large. “This could have been much worse,” she said. – Hate crime? – Authorities said detectives were reviewing security footage and didn’t know yet if the suspect was targeting a particular group. The U.S. Department of Justice said there were more than 7,000 reported hate crimes in the United States in 2021, two-thirds of which were race-related. Gun violence is a big problem in the United States, with 647 mass shootings last year in which at least four people were shot or killed by a hitman, according to the Gun Violence Archive website. was injured in an overnight gunfight at a nightclub in Louisiana. In 2022, more than 44,000 people died from gunshot wounds in the United States, and more than half of them were suicides. There are more guns in the country than people.hg/des

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